Champions League football returns with the quarter-finals and on Tuesday, Spanish giants Real Madrid will host surprise-package Tottenham Hotspur at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Last May, when Spurs popped the surprise of the season by qualifying for the Champions League, not even the greatest Spurs' fan would have dreamed of a quarter-final clash against nine-time European champions Real Madrid. A bit of surrealism is guaranteed for any of them looking back at the journey till this stage. Spurs embarrassed holders Inter Milan to qualify on top-spot of their group and then went on to eliminate seven-time winners AC Milan in the first knock-out round. Increasingly building up a reputation as giant killers, Spurs will be looking ahead to their greatest upset yet by sending home Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid.
What is a bit of a dampener is that having built a name for themselves as an all-out attacking side, Spurs have run out of goals. Their last three games have all ended in goalless draws and their performance in the weekend trip to rock-bottom Wigan was disappointing. Injuries haven't helped their cause either and they go into the quarter-final tie with only two fit central defenders. Manager Harry Redknapp will be aware that Spurs need to raise their game against Madrid if they are to stand a chance of extending their exquisite European run.