Well pre-season certainly built up to an impressive climax and just when we thought it couldn't get any better it did. Roma,probably not at their strongest and behind us in their preparations were nevertheless calmly,efficiently and with style put to the sword. We controlled the ball and the game with possession football to delight the purists.
In the first half Modric gave a trademark performance of economy and unfussy availability. He is always there when you need him. We kept the ball amongst ourselves and have become mean,we dont give it away anymore. Bentley made his home debut and won over the few remaining doubters with an early free kick that was allowed to pass into the net,and a fine run and shot through the middle.Bent scored a couple,obviously, and whoever we sign he has earned his place in next weeks starting line-up. Dos Santos too was quick and clever and set up Lennon for a well taken goal. The defence played as if they all knew each other and had the confidence to keep the ball until they saw an opportunity to do something positive with it. Everyone played with the belief that they could,and they did.
Ramos has not only created a squad that is flexible and confident but has given them both pattern and purpose to their play. Todays squad played with the same fluidity whoever came and went. The team changed personnel but the style remained the same. We kept a clean sheet again and didn't look threatened at the back where Ledley King made a welcome cameo appearance. When danger threatened the giant frame of Gomes seemed to fill the goal. I can't remember feeling so upbeat about Spurs since last season!