If things had turned out differently, Spurs captain Michael Dawson could have been battling relegation with either QPR or Sunderland but as it is, our centre half is looking forward to the end of season challenge for Champions League places and Europa League glory at White Hart Lane.

It took Daws some time to be recognised by AVB as one of his first choice centre halves and with William Gallas injured, the 29 year old will be back in his usual position for tonight’s game with Basel.

Ahead of the game, Michael said that he never really thought about leaving the club.

“In the summer I was out of the team, but I stayed because I believed I could get back into the team and I could help the team achieve things. Now I am playing I am loving every minute of it,” Dawson said.

“Had I wanted to, I could have gone but I never, ever gave it a thought.

Michael also feels that tonight’s tie in Switzerland is very much alive.

“We know we’re away from home and Basel is a tough place to play. But if we get the win we’re through,” he added.

“We’re in a good position to go through, despite what some think. Win a football match and we’re in the semi-final. That’s our aim.”

Spurs have got so used to winning with Gareth Bale’s goals that they needed a confidence boost and they probably got that from Sunday’s performance against Everton. This tie is definitely alive as Michael Dawson says and the skipper has a vital role to play if Basel are to be prevented from getting a goal that could kill it off.

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