Ardiles convinced Tottenham can spring surprise in Champions League

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists his old club can spring a few surprises in their Champions League campaign.

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists his old club can spring a few surprises in their Champions League campaign.

The draw pitted Tottenham against the current holders Inter Milan, the seasoned campaigners of Werder Bremen from Germany and the Dutch title winners FC Twente.

It was regarded as one of the more exacting groups, but Ardiles said: “It was always going to be tough.

“But I am full of confidence that Tottenham can get through.”

The Argentine World Cup winner was part of the Tottenham team that last won a European trophy – the UEFA Cup after the epic penalty shoot-out win against Anderlecht in 1984.

And he declared: “The glory nights are coming back.”

Ardiles maintains that the atmosphere generated by European football at White Hart Lane is “something special”.

He said: “I certainly felt that, and it is absolutely great that the Champions League is there this season.

“Can Tottenham do well? Why not? They certainly have the players.

“You look through the squad and there are two class players for every position. And playing against the best in Europe can only help England players like Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon. They will come up against different types of problems, problems they have not faced before.

“It is not really blood and thunder stuff like you have in the Premier League. You have more time on the ball, more freedom – and the strikers are clever enough to use it. That will give Dawson vital experience, which will also help him with England in international football.

“It is the same for Lennon. European football is not so quick."

 
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