Real Madrid’s shock loss at the Bernabeu on Saturday will have given Tottenham hope going into their quarter-final clash with the Spanish giants.
The 1-0 defeat to Sporting Gijon brought to an end Real coach Jose Mourinho’s remarkable nine-year undefeated home streak in domestic league competitions which spanned his time at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
However, anyone tempted to put a bet on a Spurs win at the attractive price of 6/1 should also consider the fact that Mourinho has never lost to Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
Indeed, the Portuguese’s sides have beaten Redknapp’s in every one of their previous five meetings, suggesting Mourinho is well placed to guide Real through to a potential semi-final clash with arch rivals Barcelona.
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Tottenham’s form going into the tie will also concern Spurs supporters, with the Lilywhites having failed to register a victory since their famous 1-0 win over AC Milan at the San Siro in the first leg of their last-16 clash on February 15th.
Perhaps more surprising is the fact that Spurs, who boast the likes of Jermain Defoe, Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch and Aaron Lennon in their attacking roster, have failed to break the deadlock in any of their last three fixtures.
That said, this is not the first time that the odds have been stacked against Spurs in this season’s Champions League.
Alongside the aforementioned win over AC Milan, they also distinguished themselves at the San Siro when playing Champions League holders Inter.
Trailing 4-0 at half time, Spurs fought back through a Gareth Bale hat-trick before exacting revenge over the Nerazzurri when the teams met later in the group at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham also acquitted themselves well in their last meeting with Los Blancos, drawing 0-0 in the second leg of their 1984-85 UEFA Cup quarter-final clash at the Bernabeu after losing 1-0 at the Lane.
This suggests that, despite Real’s statistical superiority, Tottenham should not be discounted lightly and, with Sporting Gijon’s coach Manuel Preciado having shown Redknapp the way, a 0-0 draw could be a good bet at 11/1.
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