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Bale hopeful of Madrid upset

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale still believes that Spurs can beat Real Madrid and take their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

The north-londoners have a four-goal lead to overturn at White Hart Lane after a double from former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, and late strikes from Angelo Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo punished Bale's side following Peter Crouch's 15th minute sending off.

No team in Champions League history has overturned a four-goal deficit in a two legged tie, but the Welshman insists his side haven't given up yet.

"We have to play at our best, stop their best players and score goals at White Hart Lane,” Bale said.

"It's going to be a difficult task, everyone knows that but I still think it's possible.

"We are not going to sit back and take another beating from them in the second leg. Hopefully we will win and hopefully that win will be enough.

 

"Anything can happen. We will be ready for them."

With the odds stacked against them in the second leg, attention has turned to Spurs' Barclays Premier League campaign where in the race for a Champions League spot, they lie five points behind Chelsea.

As winning the Champions League has turned into a distant dream for Tottenham, the only way for the club to return to Europe'e premier competition for next season is to finish in the top four, some Bale says the club have to be fully focused on.

"We have to pick ourselves up for the rest of the season," he added.

"We can still finish fourth or higher maybe. We have to keep going. We still have the second leg and the league.

"We are a young team that is learning and I think we can definitely learn from this."

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