Dawson eyes Euro progress

BY foxsports • February 13, 2011

Spurs have been paired against the current Serie A leaders in the last 16 of the Champions League. Harry Redknapp's men have already taken in continental contests against Inter Milan this season, faring admirably against the Italian giants home and away - going down 4-3 at the San Siro and winning 3-1 at White Hart Lane. In fact, Tottenham have improved as the competition has gone on, with confidence and belief building with each passing game. Those in the Spurs camp now see no reason why they cannot claim another impressive scalp in the form of AC Milan and march on to the quarter-finals. "I don't see why we can't keep going in the Champions League. We were in a tough group, finished top and put in some fantastic performances," said Dawson. "I think the turning point was away at Inter. We were 4-0 down and it wasn't looking too good but we came out and put on a fantastic show in the second half and that gave us massive belief. "From then on, Inter were certainly worried about coming to White Hart Lane and we put on another fantastic show that night, which we've done all through the Champions League campaign." Spurs go to Italy on Tuesday for the first leg of their last 16 showdown with AC Milan looking to lay the foundations for further progress. They will go there in high spirits, with Dawson revealing that everyone at Tottenham is determined to make sure the 2010/11 campaign is one to remember. "We want to finish in the top four again in the Premier League and, in the Champions League, we have another important game in Milan on Tuesday," added the England international. "The Premier League, the national team, the Champions League - they are all important. And for me, playing in the Champions League can only help my England chances. "At Tottenham, we've had our fair share of injuries at centre-half and I missed much of the group stages of the Champions League through injury. When you are out, you need someone else to go in there and do well. But we've got a good squad of players. "In central defence there's Younes Kaboul, William Gallas and Sebastien Bassong - all top players who have done well this season. "Ledley King is out but Jonathan Woodgate is coming back, so, in my position, we've got a great squad fighting for two places. But that creates competition and hopefully that will stand us in good stead."


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