Spurs hierarchy dismiss Ronaldo injury

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Tottenham Hotspur assistant-coach Tim Sherwood has dismissed Cristiano Ronaldo's injury concerns and believes Spurs can cause the Spanish giants problems in their Champions League quarter-final.

The two sides collide at the Bernabeu next month, and Ronaldo, who limped out of the Madrid derby last weekend with a hamstring injury, was on Monday ruled out for three weeks and subsequently out of the first leg against the North Londoners.

However, Sherwood, a former Spurs midfielder, believes the Portuguese international, who he admits will be the major threat for the nine-time European Cup winners, isn't injured.

"He didn't look like he had a hamstring problem to me," Sherwood said.

"It looked like he had two friendly games for Portugal which he might want to get out of.

"He is obviously a special talent. You talk about world-class players ... I think it's unfair to put Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in that category because they are out of this world and the rest are world-class."


The common theme that has followed Harry Redknapp's side throughout their European adventure has been the fearlessness against Europe's heavyweights.

Tottenham have already disposed of both Milan sides in this their debut season in the Champions League.

Sherwood insists that Jose Mourinho's men do have weaknesses and the team won't change their style of play despite the nature of the draw.

"The two centre-backs Pepe and (Ricardo) Carvalho and the right-back (Sergio) Ramos get very, very tight and they can get rolled. It's just about getting our best players on the ball in the right areas. If we can do that, then we think we can cause them a few problems.

"We don't want to go out with a whimper. We know we have to be cautious but we cannot be over-cautious. If we continue to take punches all night, we are going to get knocked out."

After the first leg at the beginning of April, Spurs and Madrid return for the second leg on April 13th at White Hart Lane.

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