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SoccerNews in UEFA Champions League 12 Apr 2011

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admitted his team need a miracle to advance past Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

Trailing 4-0 after the first leg at the Bernabeu, a second-leg victory for Spurs would see them become the first team in European competition to overcome a four-goal deficit.

Redknapp said his team would need to produce something special to advance to the semi-finals.

“We are in a situation where everybody feels the tie is over. It will take a miracle but miracles can happen,” Redknapp said.

“It’s a fantastic game to look forward to. Obviously we would like to be in a position where the score is a lot closer but the first-leg didn’t go our way for reasons we all know.”

“As long as we give it our best shot I can’t ask any more. We have to turn in a good performance and see how it develops. ”

Striker Peter Crouch will be unavailable after being sent off last week, but winger Aaron Lennon could return after training on Tuesday.

Lennon withdrew moments before the whistle in the first-leg due to illness.

Right-back Vedran Corluka will have to overcome a fitness test after aggravating an ankle injury in Saturday’s English Premier League win over Stoke City.

Despite chasing such a large deficit, Redknapp said his team could not afford to leave the defence exposed early in the clash at White Hart Lane.

“People say you have to attack them but you can’t be that open when you are playing a team with world class players,” Redknapp said.

“What you don’t want is to start bombing everyone forward and get ripped apart on the counter-attack. We have to make sure it is controlled.”

Redknapp will need a strong performance from playmaker Luka Modric to have any hope of giving Real a scare on Wednesday.

The Croatian midfielder said Spurs had to show fighting spirit to have any chance of getting something out of the game.

“We believe we can produce a miracle but to be honest it is going to be very hard because Madrid is a great team,” Modric said.

Modric said it was unlikely there would be a number of exits from the club even though Champions League qualification for next season was not guaranteed.

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