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Rafa in the programme

Posted on 13 April 2011  - 12:00

Rafael van der Vaart insists anything could happen this evening and that we have to believe, as Real Madrid visit N17 for the second leg of our Champions League quarter-final.

Rafa in the programme

Rafael van der Vaart insists anything could happen this evening and that we have to believe, as Real Madrid visit N17 for the second leg of our Champions League quarter-final.

Speaking exclusively in tonight’s bumper 100-page Champions League special matchday programme, the former Real midfielder knows the odds are stacked against us, but that shouldn’t stop us going all-out to cause a shock.

“Look, people think we don’t have a chance against Real, but until the game is finished, of course we have a chance,” the 28-year-old explained.

“We know we are playing a top team, with so much experience at this level and with so many good players. We know it is going to be so difficult, but we have to go out there and give it everything we have and see what happens.

“If we get an early goal it will give us a massive lift, maybe they will start to get a little bit nervous and suddenly things change. So many different things can happen in a game of football – as we found out last week in Madrid – that can make it a completely different game.

“We have to go out and enjoy the game. The stadium will be full, the fans will be behind us all the way and we know what these European nights are like at Tottenham, there is a history behind Spurs in Europe and we can use that to our advantage this evening.”

The full interview appears in tonight’s match programme, which once again includes a whole host of features and interviews.

Manager Harry Redknapp gives his thoughts on the game in his exclusive column; we’ve a feature on the history of our all-white kit in Europe and its links to Real Madrid; Steve Perryman recalls two games against the Spanish giants in 1985 in which he played a pivotal role for all the wrong reasons; Spanish football expert Guillem Balague expresses his opinions on the strengths of the Premier League and La Liga; plus all our usual Champions League features.

It’s another fantastic collectors’ item from our memorable Euro campaign this season, so make sure you get your copy.