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Can Spurs Pull Off Another Shock?
Posted Mar 24, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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The latest draw for the Champion’s League has brought with it two seriously tasty fixtures: Chelsea v Manchester United and Tottenham v Real Madrid. Whilst both quarter-finals are liable to be intriguing (the former two sides will subsequently have played each other four times this season) it is the latter that will undoubtedly provide all the real entertainment.
Potential comparisons have already been made to the Man Utd/Real Madrid tie of 2003, where Old Trafford was gifted with a goal fest and a gloriousl hat trick from the Brazilian striker Ronaldo as Real won the tie 6-5 on aggregate despite losing 4-3 on the night. Without doubt one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen. With another Ronaldo waiting in the wings, what price a repeat between Spurs and Real?
Immediate emphasis has been thrown on the battle between Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo down the left hand side. Though one is a defender and the other an attacking forward, both have been the absolute terror of European defences this season, and are players that absolutely no-one will want to deal with.
Bale single handedly taking apart Inter Milan at the San Siro and then providing more than his fair share of assistance as Spurs eliminated Inter’s rivals AC in the previous round. There is not a defence in the world that Bale cannot take apart: just ask Maicon. Regarded as possibly the finest right back in the world, he could do nothing to prevent the young Welshman tearing past him again and again.
As for Ronaldo? Well, his record speaks for itself. In forty-two games this season, he has scored thirty seven goals. His total Real Madrid record is seventy in seventy-seven: no-one in Europe boasts such an absurdly good record, and Spurs’ sometimes questionable defence will need to be at their strongest from the word go if they’re going to keep him out. We haven’t even mentioned the rest of the Real Madrid team which at current inspection also includes Xabi Alonso, Kaka and Mesut Ozil among others.
Oh and Jose Mourinho is the manager, of course.
That Spurs are in for the fight of their lives is not really debatable. However, you can bet that their defeats of the two Milan clubs respectively will have given unlimited amounts of confidence, and reminded them that anyone can be beaten. After all, the Inter they defeated were the defending champions.
If they can get past Jose’s Real, they will become legitimate contenders to win the tournament, and will fear no-one.