Totenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson has described last night's exit from the Champions League as the end of an 'incredible journey' in their debut season in the competition.
Spurs went down 0-1 on the night to a stunning Real Madrid side that is littered with world-class talent.
Having suffered a humbling 5-0 aggregate loss, Dawson reflected positively on the experience that he says will stand Spurs in good stead moving forward.
"It's been a fantastic journey for the boys, and after what we did last season, we deserved it.
"It's where you want to be. Every player wants to play in the Champions League against the players that were on show."
Harry Redknapp now has the task of ensuring his Tottenham side return to Europe's elite competition next season, by securing fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League.
Spurs currently sit in fifth place, three points behind Manchester City. But with a game in hand over their rivals, their future is still very much in their own hands.
With important fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and City to come, Dawson is of the belief that Spurs can use their European experience as an incentive to succeed on the domestic stage.
"The dream's over but we have to focus on the Premier League and hopefully get more nights next season like we've had.
"We've been there, done it, and are hungry for more."