This year’s North London representative in the Champions League quarter finals, are surprisingly Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Redknapp has masterminded victory’s over current holders Inter Milan in the group stages, then followed that up with a nervous 1-0 victory over AC Milan in the knockout stages.
Whilst neighbours Arsenal won the plaudits two weeks back, after a dramatic 2-1 victory, over arguably the greatest club side of the modern era. They eventually were passed to death by Barcelona at the Nou Camp, the gooners beaten 4-3 over the two legs.
You can imagine the glee of the Spurs fans, after this week’s action in the Champions League. They will be looking forward to the quarter final draw on March 18. While Arsenal have to dust themselves down and face a FA Cup tie at Old Trafford next. It just doesn’t let up for Arsenal.
Redknapp was keeping his feet on the ground, after the tense 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane last night Redknapp said “I am not getting too carried away. I’m just looking forward to getting home and having a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich and taking the dogs out.”
Really though, Redknapp must be delirious with excitement, and struggling to contain it. An English manager taking an English club in to the business end of the Champions League, you can guarantee that he and the FA will be loving it.
Reknapp also followed that up by saying that its been an “impossible dream” to achieve what they have done so far in this years competition. But I believe that Spurs can go even further, they got past AC Milan without star man Gareth Bale, a full strength Spurs side would be a match for most teams right now. *not including Barcelona
You have to look back to 2005 (I do on a regular basis) to see that sometimes, its not always the best team in Europe that wins the Champions League. The Liverpool side that won the trophy that year carried players Djimi Traore, Igor Biscan, Harry Kewell, Josemi and Cisse.
You look at this current Spurs team with Modric, Bale, Van Der Vaart, Dawson, Gallas, Defoe, Crouch and Lennon. Then they have a hell of a chance to cause more shocks in the Champions League.
Should the draw on March 18th pair Spurs with a Shaktar Donetsk or Schalke then they really would fancy their chances of making the semi-finals. It’s an absolutely MASSIVE chance for Spurs this season, the confidence of topping the group and knocking out AC Milan will mean they fear no-one, well maybe Barcelona of course. But Spurs fans can dream.