Well that went pretty well didn’t it?
It threatened to be the sort of match where the longer we went without scoring, the more the pressure would build upon us. Fortunately we scored within five minutes, as Peter Crouch rose to a looped Gareth Bale cross and headed home.
That settled us down in a match that had a distinctly unfamiliar feel to it. I felt a bit like a naive yokel in the big city for the first time. What was that pompous music at the start of the game? Who were those blokes standing by the goals holding truncheons? And why couldn’t we buy any beer?
All of these frankly unnecessary changes to the normal match routine will become familiar in time, as we took control of the game and booked our place in the Champions League proper. It was all over at by half-time, as Defoe raced through and scored. Both he and the crowd waited a while before celebrating. Defoe, because he’d used his hand to control the ball and us, because he’s normally offside.
Crouch headed home our third goal in the second half from a Bale corner. This game demonstrated just why we should keep the big man at Spurs. Foreign defenders just don’t know how to handle him. His England record proves that, as do his statistics in European competition. Having picked up the ball and converted a penalty to complete his hat-trick and make it 4-0, Crouch’s figures in European competition stands at 21 goals in 45 games.
Now all we have to do is sit back and enjoy the draw today. There are some fans who want us to get the easiest games possible, which would probably mean being drawn against Lyon, Panathinaikos and MSK Zilina. The majority of people that I’ve spoken to though, want the European giants. We could get Real Madrid and Inter Milan. This is how it’s always meant to have been.
Spurs playing the cream of European football. We’ve always known that a club with our support should enjoy such challenges, even if others have mocked us as having ideas above our station.
The season starts here people. Let’s draw some big guns who will provide some memorable nights at White Hart Lane and go about signing the couple of players that we need to make us even better.
Come on you Spurs!