…UEFA Cup last night by Spurs.
Beating Dinamo Bucharest 3-1 to top their group and thus miss out on facing the sides dropping from the Champions League in the next round.
So instead it’s the old enemy Feyenoord in the first knockout stage and then either Braga or Parma in the last 16.
Well the Dutch side put us out the last time Spurs got past Christmas in Europe, 1-0 in the quarters of the Cup Winners Cup and of course there was that certain UEFA Cup final loss in ’74 and it’s aftermath which led to the ban for Spurs and was a contributing factor in Sir Bill leaving. This time it’s Feyenoord fans who have the reputation.
Last night Spurs put in another good performance the injuries to certain players over the last couple of weeks have helped in a way. Sad that Robbie Keane is out but it’s stopped Jol switching week in week out which has meant Defoe and Berbatov can form a real partnership. Both looked on form and full of confidence last night, the latter something needed especially by Defoe, if he can keep this up it would be hard to replace him. Berbatov again should some inspired deft touches, his first time ball to Ghaly for the third goal in particular, he really has deceptively quick feet.
Also Jenas’ injury has meant far better players are starting in the midfield, there’s no way he should get in ahead of any of those that started last night. Still not sure about using Lennon on the left, he did play better over there in the second half, getting to the byline for crosses more often but I don’t see why there’s no switching flanks by the two wide men during the game.
And the more the Hudd plays the more it looks like good business taking £18m from ManUre, he can’t half disguise a pass.
Dinamo were a surprise, with the wives and girlfriends in tow on a shopping spree in London you’d think they’d want to try and get the win bonus as there isn’t much money in Romanian football these days. But then you can only beat what’s put in front of you and Spurs have done that rather well in this campaign, just got to keep it up in the forthcoming packed holiday schedule.