...die Deutschen tun. When you watch the Bundesliga three things stick out and all three were there as Borussia Dortmund beat Spurs 2-1 to go through 5-1 on aggregate to the Europa League quarter finals.
...then. It's just a week under a year ago that Spurs went out of the Europa League after losing away to Fiorentina, it was a different Spurs side that got a draw in the first leg of this tie.
...before. Spurs nil, nil draw away to Partizan Belgrade in their first game of the Europa League group stage had all the hallmarks of their European exploits of the recent past.
...under the messiah Roy. A rather standard response that every is great and we can forget the past after another poor performance sees England beat a hopeless Swiss side in what should be their toughest Euro qualifier.
...ago today. The 11th of May, 1983, at the Nya Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden. The 1982/83 European Cup Winner's Cup final. Aberdeen 2 Real Madrid 1.
…Poland on Tuesday night. After all if he’s going to act the part of McClown he might as well dress the part. Just get the overwhelming sense of deja-vu and that this World Cup qualifying campaign is going the way of Steve McClaren’s doomed single campaign in charge. Uninspiring and lucky with that luck running […]
...was putting up a stink. From the man himself to his beloved extra officials to the visiting fans a stink was put out at White Hart Lane as Spurs were denied an opening game victory in the Europa League.
...deep fried. Glasgow Rangers pretty much started the death of Scottish football 25 years ago, could they now finish it off and be left standing and laughing?
...feel good about themselves? Opening games of tournaments have become increasingly cagey affairs, teams scared of getting off to a bad start, leading to some dire football and said teams ending up on the wrong end of a bad start.
...passenger. Rooney's three match ban meaning he'll miss the group games in Euro 2012 but Fabio will still take him along just in case.
...met with indifference. With the first leg score pretty much setting the scene for a nothing game for the return leg at The Lane, it didn't disappoint.
...and with a flourish, about going out and beating the lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom. No Spurs weren't lucky, they went out there to play football the way it should be and entertain, they got what they deserved.
...but you can't take the ARSEnal out of the player. Why such the shock about a dirty cheat indulging in some dirty cheating to get through to the World Cup and getting away with it.
...yet again so close but so far. Just like his time with Spurs Big Martin Jol's Hamburg just fell short of making the UEFA Cup final with another refereeing howler to add to UEFAs list.
...don't ya...Funny how certain football clubs no matter how badly they, along with the country they represent, have been cheated don't elicit much sympathy.