D-Day has arrived for Michael Dawson in the Champions League.
The inspirational skipper played in our play-off success against Young Boys but was then injured on England duty and missed the entire group stage of the competition, including the unforgettable matches against Inter Milan.
So you could understand him wanting to make up for lost time when he steps out at the San Siro for the last 16, first leg against AC Milan later this evening (Tuesday, February 15).
“It’s always disappointing to miss out on games like that and I’ve missed a few this season in the Champions League,” he said. “But hopefully I’ll now be involved in the San Siro.
“As kids, we all watched the Champions League and to be involved is something special. It’s a fantastic competition.
“I’m sure it will be another great experience but we can’t let the occasion get to us. We’ve been there before already this season and that will help. We’ll be prepared.
“We’ll look to get a good result to bring back to White Hart Lane. We all know how good we are at home and the place will be rocking for the second leg.”
Michael said the squad took heart from the fantastic comeback in the group match against Inter at the San Siro.
Trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men inside 15 minutes, it was 4-0 at half-time before a stirring second half display, led by Gareth Bale’s incredible hat-trick, brought us back to 4-3. We then beat the reigning European champions 3-1 at the Lane.
“We always said we could beat anyone on our day and we’ve showed that already,” added 'Daws'.
“When we lost 4-3 against Inter, I knew the next day when I spoke to the lads that there was massive belief in the changing room that Inter wouldn’t fancy coming to White Hart Lane, and they were right.
“We knew we could put them under pressure at home. AC will have seen that and they’ll be expecting the same. It’s up to us to deliver.”