London - Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld
insists his run to the Champions League final with Atletico Madrid two years
ago proves that underdogs can compete with Europe's elite and win the
The 27-year-old Belgian, who joined the Premier League club
from Atletico in July last year, was on the losing side in the 2014 Champions
League final when Atletico took on Real Madrid.
Atletico had beaten Chelsea, Barcelona and AC Milan to reach
the final, however.
"I've learned that every team can win the Champions
League if you put your mind to it," Alderweireld told reporters.
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"If you have a good squad and the hunger is there to
win something, you can do it.
"At Atletico, we had the big teams like Barcelona,
Real, Bayern Munich - they were always the favourites. But at Atletico, if you
are a really good group and, of course, we had quality too, you can win it.
"That's the thing that has stayed with me."
Spurs lost their Group E opener to Monaco at Wembley Stadium
earlier this month, but Alderweireld is confident they can cope with the
pressure when they face Russian side CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
"We know that there is a little bit more pressure
because we lost the first home game but we have to have confidence in our own
game and try to give everything on the pitch," the Belgium international
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