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That’s The Champions League For You


Eighteen minutes in to their Champions League debut and Tottenham fans could have been forgiven for thinking life in the planets elite club competition was easy. 2-0 up and pressing for a third against a beleaguered Werder Bremen side, Spurs seemed to be adjusting to life amongst Europes top clubs in fine style.

But unfortunately things began to go wrong for Harry Redknapp’s side and conceding a goal just before the break proved to be costly as Bremen fought back to claim a deserved point. It was disappointing for Redknapp but at full-time he was probably relieved to have escaped Germany with just a point.

It was rude awakening for Redknapp and a harsh lesson was learnt. In the Champions League you need to make the most of spells when you are dominating the game.  Tottenham should have been out of sight by the time Bremen got their first goal, but they weren’t and in the second half they were made to pay for not killing the game off.

Against the quality you face in the Champions League you need to be clinical because if you give one chance away you are often cruelly punished, although I suppose if you had offered Spurs fans a point before the game – most would have taken it.

Redknapp himself was relatively satisfied with a draw. He told BBC Sport “I can’t be angry. That first half was as good as you could wish to see.

“Barcelona might be better, but that was as good as Tottenham can do. We passed the ball and opened them up time and time again. But then we conceded a bad goal which suddenly bought them back into the game.

“At 2-1 it gave them a massive lift and they got the early goal in the second half, but overall it was an excellent performance. “

Redknapp’s assessment summed up the game for Spurs, and I now expect them to work harder at making the most of the good spells they will have. Generally though I feel the point will prove a good base for the White Hart Lane club to go on make it through to the knockout stages, which I feel they will manage to do thanks to some positive results in their crucial home Champions League games.

What do you think? Was a point a good enough for Spurs tonight? Will they make it to the knockout stages? Was that the best that Redknapp’s side can play?

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  1. Dan the man

    September 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    “It was rude awakening for Redknapp and a harsh lesson was learnt. In the Champions League you need to make the most of spells when you are dominating the game.”
    Didn’t Man Utd throw away a 2 goal lead against Everton on Saturday? Go watch the Premiership. It happens!

  2. PhillySpur

    September 15, 2010 at 10:30 am

    It has plagued Spurs all year, not taking advantage of the opportunities that present themselves. They should have killed off games against City, Wigan and West Brom. They are missing that killer instinct and if they don’t find it, we’re in for a long, frustrating year. That being said, I would have gladly accepted the point prior to the match. I just hope dropping the two points doesn’t come back to bite us.

  3. Scott

    September 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    A point on the road, job done. Three would have been nicer of course. However, it is now more important to get 3 against Twente at the Lane.

  4. Rich

    September 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    boo hoo poor spurs could only get a draw. no they wont make it to the knockout round.

    • Osvaldo Villa

      September 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

      Rich you are obviously a nob of the first degree, and a gooner prick, bloody idiot.

  5. Rick

    September 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Anyone with DirecTV have trouble recording this game today? When I went to watch it tonight there were 6 versions that were all about 12 minutes with nothing on it. Weird.

    Anyway, sounded like a good game!

    • David

      September 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

      What’s funny is that the one I recorded yesterday was Spurs vs. Young Boys!?!? I was so confused. DirecTV has those great CL specific channels, but the recording times on them are a little out of whack.

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