Are Spurs the Real Deal?

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This evening Real Madrid host Tottenham Hotspur in what is quite possibly the London club’s biggest game in a generation - or two!

Harry Redknapp’s men have defied the odds repeatedly this season to progress beyond the Champions League group stages and now find themselves in the quarter-finals up against one of the world’s glamour clubs.

Although Spurs boast a star studded squad, they have been something of a surprise package and will take heart from the backs to the wall victory over AC Milan at the San Siro. That was a superhuman performance and Redknapp will be hoping his players can turn in another monumental 90 minutes - as his side finally begins to emerge from the shadow of bitter rivals Arsenal.

Many pundits are speculating the odds and are already stacked against Spurs who have a defensive injury crisis to overcome with Alan Hutton, Ledley King, Younes Kaboul and Jonathan Woodgate ruled out, whilst William Gallas and star winger Gareth Bale will have late fitness tests. But Spurs have shown  the necessary character for a scrap several times this year and will not be intimidated by the electric Bernabeu atmosphere.

Real boss Jose Mourinho has injury doubts of his own with Galácticos Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Marcelo struggling with knocks in what should be a fiercely competitive game.

Both teams have enjoyed mixed fortunes recently with Spurs drawing their last three matches 0-0, whilst Real boast a 100% home record in the Champions League this season.

But there is reason for Spurs to be optimistic. Real goes into the match off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Sporting Gijon which ended the ‘special one’s’ nine-year unbeaten record. Redknapp will be hoping his men can make it to defeats in as many games for Mourinho – and show they are the real deal!

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