Dawson hopes for repeat show
Michael Dawson is hoping Tottenham can produce another fine European display when they take on Real Madrid.
Last Updated: 03/04/11 6:07pm
Michael Dawson is hoping Tottenham can produce another fine European display when they take on Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Spurs will line up in the Spanish capital in midweek in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League looking to continue their excellent run in this season's competition.
The North Londoners have already won at the San Siro against AC Milan, seeing them through the first knockout round, and they also beat Inter at home in the group stage.
A trip to the Bernabeu to face Jose Mourinho's side may be a daunting task, but central defender Dawson is looking forward to the challenge.
"We're all excited. I remember before the AC Milan tie that everyone was saying they were going to the biggest games in the club's history and we did well to get through. Now we face Real Madrid," Dawson said.
"It will be a fantastic occasion but we'll go there knowing that we've got to do the same job that we did at AC Milan and that's to make sure we're still in the tie in the second leg at White Hart Lane."
Dawson has enjoyed this term's European adventure and is desperate for Tottenham to come out on top in their battle for fourth with Manchester City in order to qualify for next year's Champions League.
"The season after I arrived (2005) we just missed out to Arsenal on the Champions League when West Ham beat us but we played in the UEFA Cup and we've built on that," he added.
"Last season we achieved what we'd been aiming for (by finishing in the top four) and we're aiming to do the same this year.
"We know it's a tough task but the rewards for doing well in the Premier League have been there this season with the experiences we've now gained in the Champions League. It's been brilliant and we all want to do it on a regular basis."
It will be a particularly memorable occasion for Spurs midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, who returns to Los Blancos for the first time since leaving for England last summer.
Dawson remarked: "Rafa is a top player and I'm sure he is looking forward to going back there and playing.
"He doesn't have a point to prove to them. He has been great value and he certainly has been a good buy, there's no doubt about that.
"He is a top player and we will need his experience and fantastic ability in Madrid."