Spurs Go Marching On

by Simon Baystead

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

It was a night to remember for Spurs fans yesterday as they smashed reigning European Champions Inter Milan 3-1 at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale once again destroyed the Inter defence at will as he sprinted past highly rated right-back Maicon on several occasions, bagging himself two assists as Spurs sealed a famous victory with goals from Van Der Vaart, Crouch and Pavlyuchenko.

Eto’o pulled one back for the Italian side before Pavlyuchenko’s late tap-in finished off Rafa Benitez’s treble-winning side. But it was once again a display of sheer class from Welsh prodigy Gareth Bale that stole the show as he set up two goals with fantastic crosses after unbelievable runs down the left-flank leaving Internazionale helpless in stopping the marauding winger.

It was a top-class performance from all the Spurs players as they, at times, dominated the European Champions. Despite a weakened defence Spurs coped well with the threat of world-class players such as Eto’o, Sneijder and Milito as great performances from Assou-Ekotto and William Gallas set a standard for Kaboul and Hutton to follow by.

Regardless of a tremendous turn and finish from Eto’o instigating some doubt for the Yids, Spurs looked comfortable as they frustrated the Inter attacking force, with signs of anger clearly visible from World Cup finalist Wesley Sneijder as he struggled to break the Spurs defence down, forcing long shots that were effortless for stand-in goalie Carlo Cudicini to deal with.

Aaron Lennon put in an improved performance on the right wing as he showed signs of his returning form that has lacked since his injury at the back-end of last season. The winger had a poor World Cup along with the rest of the England squad and hasn’t quite returned to his top form that strikes fear into his opponents’ hearts. When he’s back to his best Spurs fans will relish in the possibility of having two top class wingers on each flank capable of changing games single-handedly. Along with bargain buy Van Der Vaart and clever Croatian Modric, Spurs’ midfield looks to be one of the best in the world, and one capable of taking them far in this tournament.

With more performances like these Spurs can really be a surprise package in this Champions League; however they will be desperate to keep their feet on the ground and keep in mind how poor they can be, being 4-0 down at the San Siro will be a reminder of how bad things can go for the North London club.

Spurs can now seal their place into the knockout stages with a win when Werder Bremen visit White Hart Lane. They drew 2-2 with the Germans in the first fixture and the two teams are currently on opposite ends of Group A.

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  • Donny

    Balance is what this game is all about and it was that rescue and relaible partnership of Modric and Huddlestone that allowed for Balance. Also of note is the fact that it was the 4th game in arow that the same center backs were named and this is significant.

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