Redknapp dreaming of Madrid success

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Tottenham are preparing for their biggest European night in almost 50 years and manager Harry Redknapp has told his players "we can make the dream come true".

Spurs have already got past Italian giants Inter and AC Milan to reach the last eight of Europe's premier cup competition, but tonight they face their biggest test yet against mighty Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

Redknapp said, "The only pressure on us is that we play well. Nobody expected us to be here at the start of the competition.

"But we came through the qualifying game, the knockout group and then a knock-out with AC Milan. We want to keep progressing.


"The dream is still there for us and we want the dream to come true. There is still a chance and we have to make sure we take it.

"We are not just turning up and coming to defend because we don’t have defensive players. We know that if we have a bad day it could be a nightmare.

"So we've got to start well and make sure we don’t give an early goal away and put ourselves under severe pressure.

"If they get on top of you, you're in trouble as Real Madrid are one of the great clubs. It's great to be bringing a team here, but if you don’t play well, then it's not a good night.

"But we have an attacking team. When you have Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart and Lennon it's how you have to play.

"I can't say I'm scared of them. We just have to give them more problems than they give us – that's the way we will approach the game."

Meanwhile, Redknapp's Madrid counterpart Jose Mourinho is backing the Tottenham boss to become the successor to England coach Fabio Capello.

The 'Special One' said, "Harry is my friend and friends are always nice to each other. I say nice things about him and he says nice things about me – that's life.

"He is a good manager for any team, including a national team. I think there are no limits for him. Give him a team, a national team and he is ready for anything.

"I am very happy for him. I hope, and I say this from the heart, that if we don't reach the final, then I hope he does."

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