After the mentally shattering 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter final on Tuesday night, most Tottenham fans are probably feeling deflated about their side’s chances of going through – but Michael Dawson believes victory is still possible.
“It will be a tough, tough task, we know that, but we won’t give up,” Dawson told the Tottenham website.
The Tottenham defender has rallied fans to show their support at the White Hart Lane leg, despite the uphill battle Spurs face in claiming a spot in the semi final.
"We know it’s a tough task [in the second leg] but come Wednesday, we’ll be going out there trying to put on a good performance and take it to them.
"The fans will be there like they have all season, they’ve travelled with us everywhere and they’ve been on a great journey as well.
"So we’ll go out and try to put on a performance for them."
Whilst the task of beating Real Madrid by four goals seems an impossible task for Tottenham, history has shown that funnier things have happened in football than a four goal comeback.
In the 2004 Champions League draw, while AC Milan beat Deportivo 4-1 in Italy, Deportivo came back in the second leg to win 4-0. And in the very same year, Real Madrid beat Monaco 4-2 in their first leg, and were up 5-2 on aggregate in the second leg, before Monaco came back to win 3-1 and go through on away goals.
In 1984, QPR beat Partizan Belgrade 6-2 in England, and looked set to move through to the next stage. But Partizan had other ideas and destroyed QPR’s hope of European glory with a 4-0 beating at home and a victory on away goals.
And in the same year, French media didn’t bother attending the second leg of Metz’s match up with Barcelona after the Catalans won 4-2 in France – but egg was on the their faces when Metz won 4-1 in Spain.
If any side can make a comeback after conceding four goals in the first leg, it’s Tottenham, who are renowned for their ability to concede the most, and score the most, goals against any team.
And if another example is needed to help Tottenham fans believe in an unexpected victory next week, there’s always the memory of Newcastle coming back against Arsenal from being 4-0 down at half time to draw 4-4 in February.
The last example might only have a loose connection to the Real Madrid game, but it should bring Spurs fans joy all the same to be reminded of it.
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