Without harking back to ‘that game’ on Tuesday night, the lack of a weekend fixture gives us time to reflect on the recent performances.
Overall it’s been a good February and we must not forget the great run of three wins which sandwiched the memorable night in Milan.
One question that Spurs fans seem to be asking is how a team can play so well in Milan and then lose to one of the Premier League’s lesser sides just seven days later. Football is naturally unpredictable and odd results happen – one newspaper even made a point of highlighting these, asking how Wigan could beat Chelsea then lose 9-1 to us shortly after.
The Hornsey Journal suggests that Spurs play more openly in the league which leaves them vulnerable while the solid defence and counter attacking that saw victory in the San Siro is a perfect combination in the Champions League.
However, you can’t say that we have been defensive throughout our Champions League campaign. Others insist that the overseas style of play allows us to come at them more and lets players like Gareth Bale run riot. Maybe we just lift our game for the big occasions and become complacent on the smaller stage?
Either way, many Spurs supporters are saying that, provided we get past Milan, the only teams they fear for the next stages are the English ones.
This isn’t a bad league campaign and this isn’t intended to be a moan about the odd ‘blip’, but having played so fantastically well in Europe this season, why aren’t we sweeping all before us domestically?