Welcome, everyone, to the Bleacher Report live quick hits blog for the game tonight. There are roughly three hours until kickoff, a game that will go some way to deciding who advances into the semifinals of Europe's finest club competition.
The match tonight has special significance for both teams. Spurs have never been in the Champions League before this season, and this will be the toughest test Harry Redknapp's promising squad have faced so far.
For Real Madrid, despite a history in Europe to eclipse just about any team (nine titles in all), recent years have not been so kind to them. This is the first time since 2004 that they have reached the quarterfinals, and with the man who took Internazionale to glory last year, they will be hoping to defeat Spurs, starting tonight at the Bernabeu.
Hoping to put into words all that happens tonight is Michael Botsford, an Arsenal featured columnist. Spurs fans, please don't worry, just because I've supported Arsenal for the past 15 years or so, everything I say will be fully objective.
Unlike some fans, I see Tottenham as more of annoying little brother than a die-hard enemy and can appreciate when they do well—as they are in the competition this year.