Michael Dawson wants to see Tottenham Hotspur overturn the odds in the Europa League against Basel and go on to win the competition, the
Spurs go into the away leg of the fixture having conceded twice in the home leg in a 2-2 draw, giving the Swiss side a potential advantage and meaning Andre Villas-Boas’ team must score, as a goalless draw sends Basel through on away goals.
Villas-Boas’ task is made more difficult with injuries to Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Jermain Defoe and William Gallas, with the Mail pointing out that Spurs have not won away from White Hart Lane in Europe this season.
Dawson however has made a habit this season of coming back having been written off, with the England international surplus to requirements under Villas-Boas at the start of the season. Tottenham even accepted a £10m offer for Dawson from Queens Park Rangers, but the centre-back dug in his heels and refused to go, preferring to stay at Spurs and regain his place in the side.
“I could have left Tottenham but I never, ever gave it a thought. It’s amazing where a bit of hard work can get you. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but you have to keep believing,” Dawson said, comparing his situation to the state of the quarter-final tie.
Dawson continued: “We’re in a good position to go through, despite what some think. You can also look at the game in Lyon when we were a minute from going out until Mousa [Dembele] scored a great goal.
“Then there was Milan, when it could have been so different had they got an away goal in the first leg. You ride your luck sometimes but we’re still in the hat and still fighting.”
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