Momentum is the key word for Kevin Bond ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Real Madrid.
Trailing 4-0 from last week’s first leg at the Bernabeu, our assistant manager insists ‘anything can happen’ at the Lane but feels any victory over the Spanish giants will be a positive as we head into the final furlong of the season.
As we fight for a place in the top four of the Premier League, Saturday’s win against Stoke and City’s subsequent defeat at Liverpool has left us three points adrift of City in fourth with a game in hand.
And few fans will need reminding of the game that follows Real Madrid – the latest north London derby at the Lane on Wednesday week, April 20.
“Every game from now is going to become more and more important, regardless of who we play,” stated Kevin.
“I’m sure it will go to the wire for fourth place and with seven matches to play, four at home, we’re bang in there and momentum is a huge thing at this time of the season.
“We managed a great win on Saturday, we need to get another against Real Madrid and then we can really look forward to the Arsenal game in a positive frame of mind.”
As for tonight, Kevin joined the rallying call from manager Harry Redknapp and the players to ‘give it a go’.
“We know the position we’re in, it’s unfortunate but it’s one game of football and we all know on any given day, anything can happen in football,” he added.
“If we're going to go out, we’ll go out fighting, for sure. We weren’t able to do ourselves justice in the first leg and that’s a great shame.
“But we’re still playing Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, it’s still a fantastic occasion and we all want to put on a performance.”