Arsène Wenger can see Tottenham beating Real Madrid

Arsène Wenger can see Tottenham beating Real MadridArsène Wenger believes that his Tottenham Hotspur rival Harry Redknapp has every chance of upsetting Real Madrid and advancing into the Champions League semi-finals.

The Arsenal manager, who is no friend of Madrid's José Mourinho, continues to lament his team's European exit at the hands of Barcelona in the last 16, a tie that he feels was shaped by Robin van Persie's controversial sending-off in the second leg.

Wenger will be no more than an interested onlooker this week, when Tottenham travel to the Santiago Bernabéu for the first leg of the quarter-final.

"It is very open," Wenger said. "Who cannot be beaten? If everything went all right, Barcelona would be out today ... if it had stayed 11 v 11, I am convinced of that. So why can't Spurs beat Madrid? Madrid has a disadvantage to play the first game at home and Spurs look to be strong at home. It is a real 50-50 tie."

Powered by article was written by David Hytner, for on Sunday 3rd April 2011 23.00 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010

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