'Massive underdogs' ready for Madrid battle, says Spurs boss

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Harry Redknapp has called on his Tottenham players to not let themselves down at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Spurs face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final clash tomorrow, and travel to the Spanish capital as huge underdogs.

And, despite the nine-time European champions crashing to surprise home defeat to Sporting Gijon at the weekend, Redknapp realises his side will be up against it in Madrid.

"Jose rested so many players [against Sporting Gijon] that he's showed his hand at what his priority is this season - winning a third Champions League title with a third different club," Redknapp told the Sun.

"No Xabi Alonso, Pepe, Karim Benzema. Tuesday's team will bear no resemblance to the one that played on Saturday.

"We had Tim Sherwood and Les Ferdinand there watching for us and they've basically told me the same thing.

"So there was no point in me spending all day Sunday worried sick about the game or rubbing my hands together because Jose's lost his first home match since 2002."


With Spurs not expected to get a result in at the Bernabeu, it appears the pressure is off Redknapp and is players - but that's not the way the former Portsmouth boss sees it.

"Matches like this one don't come round very often so we should make the most of it," Redknapp added.

"We are massive underdogs and rightly so. Everyone keeps telling me to enjoy it, enjoy it. But I won't be able to unless we play well. As a manager that's all that really concerns you.

"Yes, it'll be great to walk out with Tottenham at the Bernabeu stadium. But if we let ourselves down, there's no enjoyment in that is there?

"We've done our best to get the maximum out of the players we have got - and, hopefully, they'll respond on Tuesday night."

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