Spurs face Real battle to stay in Europe
Spurs have had a magnificent debut season in the Champions League but if it’s going to continue, they have their work cut out.
Realistically they will not only have to beat Real Madrid, but Barcelona as well if Harry Redknapp’s side are to reach the final.
However, going to the Bernabeu and possibly the Nou Camp is why teams want to play in the Champions League in the first place.
The North London club have enjoyed every minute of their adventure so far, and have relished rather than feared the challenge of taking on some of Europe’s biggest names.
Make no mistake, Harry Redknapp will have no qualms about going to the Spanish capital.
Even if they’re massive underdogs, Redknapp will go into the tie with plenty of respect but little fear of Jose Mourinho’s expensively assembled side.
Redknapp will genuinely believe his side can cause an upset and Madrid are certainly beatable.
It’s also a great opportunity for Rafael Van der Vaart to show what the Galacticos are missing when he returns for the first time since his troubled spell in Spain.
But despite Tottenham’s impressive 19 goals in the competition this season, the experience of Madrid and their eagerness to make up for lost time may prove decisive.
The majority will want to see El Classico in the semi-finals and a rematch of Guardiola versus Mourinho – but it’s dangerous to look too far ahead.
Tags: Champions League, Harry Redknapp, Rafael Van der Vaart, Tottenham