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Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur – Redknapp’s men face stiffest test

| 05.04.2011

Harry Redknapp has admitted he’s under no illusions about the size of the task facing his Spurs side at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Despite Jose Mourinho’s side losing 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijon at the weekend – the first time The Special One has lost a home league game since 2002 – Redknapp knows his side are massive underdogs.

He said: “I’m not at all fooled by the result. I’ve not watched the game on TV yet and to be honest I’m not sure it’ll tell me all that much.

“Jose rested so many players that he’s showed his hand at what his priority is this season – winning a third Champions League title with his third different club.

“What an achievement that would be, you have to admit. This is going to be a landmark game for Tottenham.”

Perhaps a bigger concern for Redknapp will be the fact that his side have failed to find the net in their last three games. You have to go back nearly a month to their 3-3 draw with Wolves to find the last time they scored a goal.

Combined with the fact that Real have yet to concede a goal in their four home Champions League games this season, backing only one team to score at 1/1 looks worth a bet, while lumping some cash on under 2.5 goals at 11/10 is also tempting.

Spurs may have won their last European away game 1-0 against AC Milan, but that was their first win in five Champions League games away from White Hart Lane and their first clean sheet.

Mourinho has admitted he’d be happy with a draw against Spurs, but how much of that is to be believed is another matter. With rumours abounding that Cristiano Ronaldo could be in line to start despite a thigh injury, backing Real to come away with a vital first-leg win at 4/9 could be well worth a bet.

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Richard Anderson