All about us - Rafa
Rafael van der Vaart describes Tuesday night's clash with Inter Milan as 'an important moment' in which our destiny is in our own hands.
Rafael van der Vaart describes Tuesday night's clash with Inter Milan as "an important moment" in which our destiny is in our own hands.
Our Dutch international, who missed the away leg due to suspension, may be a doubt for the White Hart Lane return after leaving the fray early at Manchester United on Saturday.
But he knows that it is a game that we have to win - as difficult as that will be. And he firmly believes that we can do that if every Spurs player produces his best within the teamwork ethic that is crucial in any successful performance.
"Big players love big games and we have to show that we have that quality," he says.
"These are the games when the spotlight is on you as individuals to produce and it is on this stage that we must perform to show our entitlement to be there.
"No it won't be easy, how can it be? This is Inter Milan in the Champions League. But we have shown our fighting spirit and that anything in football is possible if you have the belief to make it happen.
"We proved that point with 10 men against a very good Inter side when, had we played another five or so minutes, we might have got it back to 4-4.
"We had the momentum towards the end and we have to maintain that outlook from the start in front of our own fans."
Looking through the Inter squad, there are many dangers. But Rafa points to his fellow Holland international Wesley Sneijder as one man who could be key.
"Yes, he's a great player and we're still very good friends," says Rafa.
"We first met at the Ajax academy when I was 10 and he was nine and we went on to play in the first team and the national side together before meeting up again at Real Madrid.
"He's a player we have to contain because he's their inspiration in midfield.
"True they have many good players but we have to make them worry about us and ensure that this game is dictated by what we do.
"We showed Inter what we're about in the second half at the San Siro - now we have to believe that we can do it again."