Posted by: Paul | September 15, 2010

On Our Way

Despite being 2-0 up, it’s hard for me to be disappointed that Spurs eventually drew 2-2 away at Werder Bremen, as I’m so excited for us to be in the Champions League in the first place that my expectations are very low! If you’d told me before the game that we’d come out of it with a draw and our first point, I’d have bitten your proverbial hand off. Particularly as Inter Milan were also similarly stumped by Dutch champions FC Twente.

The first half, by Harry’s own admission, was about the best we’ve played. The goal we conceded just before half time was totally against the run of play and as the result of an error by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who was having a bit of a shocker anyway, to be honest.

I hesitate to say it bodes well. Caution is very much the order of the day, as with 4 very influential players out in the shape of Dawson, Defoe, Modric and Gomes, we’re still some way from our full strength. But it does demonstrate, I think, the depth of our squad – Jemaine Jenas in particular has waited patiently for his chance, and now with Van Der Vaart possibly nursing a thigh injury Jenas could be back in the team for an extended run, hopefully producing performances as good as those under Martin Jol.

But what I do worry about is our league form. A good run in Europe or the domestic cups is very exciting and all that, but what is it worth if we can do it year in, year out? Poorer performances against Wigan and West Brom have let vital points slip at a very early stage, and we can’t afford to let it continue for long without losing pace.

Still, at least both Man City and Liverpool, considered our closest rivals now, have both suffered similar stuttering starts. And with the Carling Cup home tie against Arsenal coming up, there is much to look forward to as a Spurs fan at the moment!


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