Dawson ready for ‘exciting times’

The defender is preparing for the club’s first European Cup tie for

48 years. Spurs were on Friday handed the easiest possible route to

the competition proper when they drew Young Boys in the play-off

round. Harry Redknapp’s men will face the Swiss side in a two-leg

tie starting in Berne a week on Tuesday and England defender Dawson

is desperate to progress. “It means everything,” he told Spurs TV

Online. “We’re two games away from the group stages and that’s what

it’s all about now. “Two massive games against Young Boys and it’s

exciting times. But we’ve got to make sure we win and get into the

group stages.” The tie was a dream pairing for Spurs, who avoided

much trickier clashes with the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Sampdoria,

Auxerre and Braga. But Swiss runners-up Young Boys are not to be

taken lightly, having stunned Fenerbahce in the previous round.

“They finished second last year, and they beat Fenerbahce to get

through to the next stage to meet us,” Dawson said. “So we know

it’s going to be a tough game but we’re excited. “Away leg first

and that’s all we can ask for. “Hopefully get a good result over

there and bring them back to White Hart Lane and have an even

better result at home.”