Spurs the Stealth Bombers of football.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.I mean it wasn't the real Barcelona; Messi only played half an hour; they'd already qualified top of the group; we needed PSV's help to get through, we left it until the last five minutes to score the equaliser and Liverpool is the main story.
But we made more passes and shaded them in possession, we had more shots and more shots on target; Dembele cost them 135 million; more than our whole team put together and did you hear that Liverpool progressed?
Their keeper made several saves; ours didn't have to; Eriksen was clearly the most creative player on the pitch; apart from the goal we donated they didn't come close to scoring. Oh and Salah scored Liverpool's goal
'Mission Impossible' was achieved in style and we could and should have beaten Barcelona by two or three clear goals. Rose, Son and Eriksen all had good chances. Attention switches now, obviously, to Utd. Mourinho and Pogba.
We have made a habit of flying under the radar, unless of course the 'bottlers' or 'Spursy' epithets apply. I don't usually mind although it irks occasionally. Like when you draw with Barcelona, Barcelona! at the Camp Nou.
Only 8 teams have ever gone on to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions' League after gathering only 3 points from their first 3 fixtures. None by drawing with Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
Ah well let's just enjoy the performance. Kyle Walker Peters recovered from a very early catastrophic error and a yellow card in an inauspicious opening to his Champions' League debut. But he bore up well considering.
The hug and reassurance when he was substituted late on from Mauricio makes it unlikely that he will be punished too harshly. He is a lucky boy that thanks to PSV's draw with Inter Milan we went through.
Sissoko and Rose vied for MOM though Eriksen in the second half was exceptional. Let's hope that like some Spurs fans nobody in Spain noticed. Kane contributed his 16th goal or assist in his 16 CL appearances.
Dele was subdued but integral to the team effort. Lamela was crazy good in his brief appearance Llorente didn't touch the ball unlike Moura who scored and should have had another. The Belgians were unruffled.
Fans,players and Mauricio had a nail biting wait for the final result of the PSV/Milan match which was running a minute or so behind ours but all turned out to be well. Like us Milan had drawn.
What a result. What a performance. We turned up, didn't bottle it, flew low under the radar and didn't crash. The euphoria may not last but let's enjoy while we can. New Spurs: only a little bit like the Old Spurs.
So no more 'bottlers'. An end to 'Spursiness' . What will they find to taunt us with next once the NWHL opens apart from Mauricio to Real Madrid or Man. Utd or anywhere but Spurs.
We may not progress any further let alone win the Champions' League but a point has been made and a reputation re-established.
Next up strugglers Burnley. We couldn't could we? CL draw is on Monday and the games are to be played mid February. A very fitting opening perhaps for the new Stadium? Don't bet the farm on it.
Bring it on.
Well enough to watch the game and joke about it too.
Glenn Hoddle (@GlennHoddle) tweeted at 9:21 am on Wed, Dec 12, 2018:
That just wasn’t good for my recovery! But a great performance well done boys , deserved to win 😎 COYS
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Speed and teamwork. 10 seconds from defense to Moura's goal. Harry Kane assists, drawing three men wide, from Lamela's fine run and pass.
Erik considers sliding Lucas through or is he just giving them the 'eyes'. Fine goal, well set up and crisply taken in the nick of time.
Possibly the most important 10 seconds of the season but watch this space.