Spurs have unearthed a midfield gem

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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes believes team-mate and compatriot Sandro has the potential to become Brazil's next midfield superstar after comparing him to World Cup winning legend Dunga.

Despite all the pre-match talk of Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart being Spurs' most important players, it was Sandro who arguably had the biggest impact in both legs of Tottenham's last-16 triumph over AC Milan. Wednesday night's goalless draw at White Hart Lane sent Harry Redknapp's men through 1-0 on aggregate.

"Sandro is a good player, really quick. It's a great time for him at the moment," Gomes said. "I think he looks like Dunga when he played in midfield."

The former PSV Eindhoven stopper added: "He has quality, he can play as well, hold the ball and win it. He can play and has been brilliant for us."

Sandro was left out of the original Spurs squad for the Champions League group stages, but was added to the list in January after Tom Huddlestone suffered a serious ankle injury in November.

He thinks the squad should have every reason to be optimistic of making the final at Wembley in May after seeing off Milan and champions Inter earlier in the campaign.


"It is a possibility and a dream for me to reach the final of the best competition in the world," Sandro said.

"We got past Milan so why can't we get past other big clubs too?"

Tottenham's players were given no time to celebrate their famous passage to the last eight as they were called in for a warm-down at the club's training ground on Thursday morning.

Van der Vaart went straight down the tunnel after being withdrawn half-way through the second half last night, but it is understood the Dutchman did not suffer a recurrence of the calf injury which made him a doubt for last night's clash and should be fit to face West Ham.

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