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Mourinho’s first home loss in nine years hands Spurs the initiative

| 04.04.2011

Harry Redknapp will be gearing up for the biggest game of his managerial career when Tottenham Hotspur take on Real Madrid on Tuesday night, and after a shock upset in La Liga on Sunday, Real Madrid are looking vulnerable.

Jose Mourinho suffered his first home league defeat in nine years – only his second in his career – when Sporting Gijon upset Real Madrid 1-0 on Sunday night, and Real Madrid now find themselves eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona and 12/1 to win the title.

With the league title seemingly out of reach, Mourinho will be focusing his side on Copa del Rey and Champions League charges and what a game we have in store on Tuesday night.

Until the defeat to Gijon, Mourinho had won every home game in every competition as Real Madrid manager and his side are 4/9 to beat Spurs on Tuesday night, but Redknapp has sensed a weakness and will be doing everything he can to get a result.

A Spurs win seems unlikely considering their odds of 13/2 to win, but after three 0-0 results on the bounce, the draw could be a huge price at 16/5 although a fourth 0-0 result seems unlikely at 11/1.

Spurs proved in the San Siro that they can mix it with Europe’s best teams and the 1-0 result away to AC Milan suggests Redknapp also has the tactical nous when it comes to getting a result away from home in Europe.

But Redknapp’s record when he comes up against Mourinho is poor to say the least – six games and six defeats.

Mourinho’s confidence is never dented and there is no doubt he will have his side ready for the fixture, but Spurs are a different proposition to Southampton and Portsmouth and Mourinho’s defensive style could make this a tense and tight affair.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.