Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spurs Aren't Feeling the Pressure, Insists Harry

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spurs Aren't Feeling the Pressure, Insists Harry

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HARRY Redknapp is adamant Tottenham Hotspur can take a giant step towards a dream Champions League final by pulling off a huge upset against Real Madrid tonight.

Spurs arrived at the Bernabeu last night having beaten Inter Milan and AC Milan on the way to the last eight.

In Real Madrid, champions of Europe nine times, they face an intimidating opponent blessed with some of the best players in the world - and a coach in Jose Mourinho who is seeking his third Champions League winner's medal.

However, with rampaging winger Gareth Bale set to make his return to action and the team buoyed by the victories which have them to the quarterfinals, Spurs should not feel under any pressure - according to their boss.

Redknapp said: "I don't feel any pressure.

No one expected us to be here at the start of the season and we have a big chance of winning.

"We are not just coming here to turn up. We want to keep progressing. The dream is still there for us, we have to make that dream come true.

"We want to go all the way if we can. We know how difficult it is going to be, but there is still a chance and we have to take it." Bale (below) trained with his teammates last night and will play tonight if he suffers no recurrence of the hamstring injury which has troubled him recently.

The main talking point of the pre-match build-up has not been the issue of Bale's fitness, however, but that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Jose Mourinho delayed naming his squad and dodged questions on his Portuguese compatriot before announcing him in the group for this evening's clash, which will take place in front of a sell-out 80,000 crowd.

Ronaldo is expected to start despite his hamstring problem and Redknapp admits the prospect of facing him is daunting.

He added: "I am not going to sit here and tell you I am pleased Ronaldo is playing.

"He is a fantastic player. It is a toss-up between him and Lionel Messi for who is the best player in the world. Those are two amazing Footballers. …

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