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Mar, 18, 2011

Ardiles delighted with Madrid draw

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles has told ESPNsoccernet that the club's tie against Real Madrid represents a 'great European night' and admitted he was pleased they avoided another English club.

Spurs will face favourites Barcelona or underdogs Shakhtar Donetsk if they overcome Jose Mourinho's men, and Ardiles is confident that they can repeat their fantastic performances against both Milan sides in the previous rounds.

''We all know that Barca are the strongest team in the world but Spurs have to concentrate on Real Madrid. This is the one I wanted to see," said Ardiles. "This is a great draw for Spurs and I am confident they can beat them.

"What Spurs didn't want is an English team - this is the Champions League and the fans wanted a great European night and they've certainly got that.''

Ardiles helped Tottenham win the UEFA Cup in 1984 and maintained that he was pleased that they had avoided Barcelona for now.

"I'm glad we avoided Barcelona though, they are on a different level,'' he said. ''They are an incredible team and Messi is the best player in the world, but Harry Redknapp would have learned a lot from what they did to Arsenal.

"But I don't want to talk about Barcelona yet because we have to beat our other Spanish friends first."

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