Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can Tottenham go through to the Champions League semi-finals?

Tottenham’s hopes of a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League took a knock last week with a 4-0 hammering at Real Madrid.

Tottenham played a vast majority of the first leg with ten men after Peter Crouch got himself sent-off for two silly fouls.

Miracle

It would take a minor miracle for Tottenham to progress into the semi-finals and a probable clash with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Tottenham would have to score an early goal at White Hart Lane to have any chance of sparking an incredible comeback. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp certainly thinks it’s possible. He told Sky Sports:

“The first leg didn’t go our way for reasons we’ve all seen and we all know. We are in a situation where everybody feels the tie is over. It will take a miracle but miracles can happen.

“But it is a great game to look forward to, the last eight of the Champions League playing Real Madrid, so I’m sure all the fans are looking forward to it and so are the players

“Aaron [Lennon] trained this morning, he feels better so he should be okay. He is available tomorrow. We go into it and give it our best shot that’s all we can do. Hopefully play very very well and make a real game of it tomorrow. I’d take penalties, we’ve been practicing.”

Upbeat

Redknapp has to be upbeat about the clash because if he wasn’t then the players wouldn’t even be able to go out there and play. If he would have said the tie is over it would have de-motivated his team.

I’m sure the Tottenham players know that they face a massive challenge ahead of them. Whatever happens tomorrow night Tottenham have done brilliantly to get this far into the competition and the players should hold their heads up high.

Reckless

I have to say England striker Peter Crouch was utterly reckless in the first leg getting himself sent-off for two poor tackles. He has cost his side very dearly and has since apologised to everybody involved in Tottenham Football Club.

Some people will say that the sending off wouldn’t have prevented Real winning in the Spanish capital. However I think the sending off made a difference to the score line rather than the actually end result.

If Peter Crouch wouldn’t have been sent-off would Tottenham now still be facing such a massive defeat to overcome? We will never know but I don’t believe that Real Madrid would have beaten Tottenham so heavily if Spurs would have had eleven men on the pitch for the whole 90 minutes.

Pride

The Tottenham players now have to go out and restore some pride and see where that leads. I’m sure that White Hart Lane will be absolutely buzzing for this fixture and the fans can spur them onto victory over Los Blancos.

Beatable

Jose Mourinho’s side are not unbeatable, as La Liga strugglers Sporting Gijon proved with a recent 1-0 victory in Madrid. Real Madrid are starting to look more like a team than at the start of the season but are by no means the finished article.

Real’s real strength lies in the attacking third and if Tottenham can get them on the back foot then I’m sure they can cause the Spanish giants problems. I don’t think Spurs can overcome the massive deficit but there is no reason why Tottenham can’t go out of the Champions League on a winning note.

Can Tottenham make a miraculous comeback against Real Madrid?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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