Tottenham to knock out Champions League opposition

by admin

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

For 42 minutes it was all looking so good for the first Englishman to lead a team into the Champions League since Sir Bobby Robson eight years ago. Indeed it was all looking ‘triffic’.

Then Assou-Ekotto sliced a ball wildly and needlessly out for a throw on before deciding that, actually, he didn’t fancy getting too close to the Bremen striker who had got between King and Cudacinni and duly put the ball into the back of the net.

The timing of the goal was a killer – if Tottenham could have held out to half time then they surely would have gone onto win. The German team had played very poorly and the crowd were strongly on their team’s back, whistling and jeering every misplaced pass and moment of indecision.

However, the result is a decent one and there was enough in the performance to suggest that the Champions League debutants could have a decent run.

Tottenham’s second goal of the night had a strong whiff of quality and you know when Peter Crouch powers in a commanding header that you are having a good night. Crouch – always great at flick on headers and little glancers but never an especially towering header of the ball – led the line extremely well. He held the ball up, brought others into play and always looked a threat. Insert own ‘he shot he scored’ joke here.

This was my proper look at Van Der Vart and what hit home was, aligned with the great touch and technique that you would expect from a player with 85 caps for Holland, was his work rate. He looked like a player that hadn’t played a run of games for a while and was desperate to impress. Expect – especially away from home in Europe – for him to be deployed behind a lone striker.

With Inter Milan drawing at home to FC Twente the group is wide open and the point gained last night by Spurs looks a potentially important one. Even though they haven’t lost any players a Milan under Benitez will be a weaker outfit than last year and there is no reason Redknapp’s men can’t take them at home.

Spurs have a strong squad and in Van Der Vart, Defoe, Modric and Bale players that can make an impact on any team in this competition.

They will comfortably qualify from the group and then it is all down to the draw. How appetising does a North London Champions League knockout tie sound? And what price the team with an English manager emerging victorious?

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  • Stevie

    I must admit, I watched the game last night and I was very surprised by the whole Spuds side, except Assou-Ekotto, who I still believe is one of the worst defenders in the Premier League. That aside, Spurs should have been out of sight, at 2-0 their keeper made a blinding save.

    The key game in that group is Inter at home, get something from that and you never know.

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