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Posted on 17 August 2010  - 12:00

Michael Dawson knows exactly what is at stake when we take on Young Boys in our Champions League Play-Off, starting with the first leg in Bern tonight.

Ready to reap rewards

Michael Dawson knows exactly what is at stake when we take on Young Boys in our Champions League Play-Off, starting with the first leg in Bern tonight.

The defender admits it is every player's dream to compete in Europe's elite competition, and victory in this tie will take us to the group stages for the first time in our history.

‘Daws', who hopes to cap off a week in which he made his England debut last Wednesday with victory in Switzerland, says Champions League football has been the aim of all the squad over the past year.

And now he is ready to grab the opportunity with both hands, saying: "Everyone watches the Champions League and it's fantastic.

"It's where every player wants to be playing and testing themselves against the best. All the lads want to do that this year.

"That's what we want to do and our goal from last season was to do that so let's hope we can make it through to the group stages.

"All the lads know how big these two games are. We're here because we deserve to be and our performances last season got us here. They are two massive games and we know what the rewards are."

And although ‘Daws' is relishing walking out at the Stade De Suisse for his first taste of Champions League football tonight, he is well aware of the massive job at hand.

He added: "It's a fantastic feeling whenever I lead the team out or pull on a Spurs shirt, but to hear that Champions League music will be a great feeling.

"Young Boys are a good team. They don't get as far as they have done without being so. We've got to be as prepared as we are for every game because it's going to be a tough game here.

"Hopefully we can put in a good performance and get a good result here to take back to White Hart Lane next week."