Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has greeted the news that his side will meet nine-time European Cup winners Real Madrid in this seasons quarter-final by stating: “It’s what we all wanted.”
Spurs reward for knocking out AC Milan in the round of 16 is a meeting against Jose Mourinho’s side, with the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 5, before the return at White Hart Lane the following Wednesday, April 13.
Mourinho’s side were in scintillating form as they took apart Olympique Lyonnais in their second round tie – drawing 1-1 in France before destroying the French side 3-0 in Madrid – and have succumbed to only three defeats in all competitions this season, whilst maintaining a 100% home record.
However, Redknapp, taking part in his first Champions League campaign, is looking forward to testing himself against the 31-time Spanish champions.
“You want to play in these games,” said the Spurs chief.
“You want to manage in these games and the fans want to go and see these games. It couldn’t be better.”
The match will pit the likes of Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart (against his former club), and Luka Modric, against German schemer Mesut Ozil, Spain’s World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas and the world’s most expensive footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo.
And the former West Ham United and Portsmouth manager believes that it will be a terrific occasion for all concerned.
“It’s a fantastic draw,” added Redknapp. “What a game to look forward to against one of the greatest clubs in world football.
“To play Real Madrid at this stage of the Champions League is fantastic for us and we’re all looking forward to it. It’s going to be a difficult game, obviously. They are a great side. But you have to look forward to games like this. These are the great days in your life and great days in Tottenham’s history.
“We’ll go there and give it a real go. It’s an exciting game. You couldn’t have a more exciting or tougher game.
“I’ve said all along that the two Spanish clubs were, for me, the favourites to win it.
“We’ve drawn Real Madrid who are pushing Barcelona all the way for the championship with big players and a fantastic manager. In my opinion, he’s one of the all-time greats.
“But we’ve got a chance against anyone. We feel we can play against anyone and give them a game. We’re looking forward to it.”