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The Real deal

Posted on 18 March 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp summed-up our Champions League quarter-final pairing with Real Madrid by insisting: "It's what we all wanted."

The Real deal

Harry Redknapp summed-up our Champions League quarter-final pairing with Real Madrid by insisting: "It's what we all wanted."

We travel to the famous Bernabeu for the first leg on Tuesday, April 5 before the home leg at the Lane on Wednesday, April 13.

"You want to play in these games," beamed Harry after Friday morning's draw. "You want to manage in these games and the fans want to go and see these games. It couldn't be better."

Real Madrid toppled Lyon to reach the last eight while we beat Serie A leaders AC Milan.

The record nine-times winners of the European Cup and 31-times La Liga champions are chasing all-conquering Barcelona in this season's title race and have just two defeats in 24 matches in all competitions since famously losing 5-0 to their rivals in November.

"It's a fantastic draw," added Harry. "What a game to look forward to against one of the greatest clubs in world football.

"To play Real Madrid at this stage of the Champions League is fantastic for us and we're all looking forward to it.

"It's going to be a difficult game, obviously. They are a great side. But you have to look forward to games like this. These are the great days in your life and great days in Tottenham's history.

"We'll go there and give it a real go. It's an exciting game. You couldn't have a more exciting or tougher game.

"I've said all along that the two Spanish clubs were, for me, the favourites to win it.

"We've drawn Real Madrid who are pushing Barcelona all the way for the championship with big players and a fantastic manager. In my opinion, he's one of the all-time greats.

"But we've got a chance against anyone. We feel we can play against anyone and give them a game. We're looking forward to it."