Posted by: Paul | April 14, 2011

A great run…now can we do it all again please?

So last night Tottenham’s memorable debut run in the UEFA Champions League came to an end. Despite the nature of the defeat (outclassed by the excellent Real Madrid, including a Gomes mistake that robbed us of a goalless home draw, above), I think you could safely call our campaign a success considering the odds against us. Drawn in a group with the holders Inter, Dutch champions FC Twente and veteran German side Werder Bremen, it didn’t look good. Especially after going 3-0 down in the qualifying round to Swiss side Young Boys of Bern.

So many positives to take from our run – Bale’s hattrick at the San Siro meant the game was remembered for that rather than our defeat…beating Inter in the return leg…holding AC Milan to a goalless draw on our return to the San Siro and then knocking them out in the next game…I think we brought a freshness, a vigour, and a new enthusiasm to the competition. We might have gone out, but we went down fighting all the way. None of this cagily defensive European stuff – we took our own game to Europe’s elite competition, and pulled it off.

Anyway, the important thing now is for us to qualify for next year’s tournament. I wrote a similar post this time last year, predicting what might happen in the last few results, and as we’re again pitted against Man City for fourth place I thought I’d run through the fixture list and do the same again. Here we go, I have no idea how this is going to turn out until I’ve finished typing it…!

MAN CITY. Currently: 4th. Played: 32. Pts: 56. GD: 20.

Remaining fixtures:
Blackburn (A): DRAW
West Ham (H): WIN
Everton (A): DRAW
Spurs (H): DRAW
Stoke (H): WIN
Bolton (A): DRAW

Total: 66 points.

SPURS. Currently: 5th. Played: 31. Pts: 53. GD: 8

Arsenal (H): WIN
West Brom (H): WIN
Chelsea (A): DRAW
Blackpool (H): WIN
Man City (A): DRAW
Liverpool (A): LOSE
Birmingham (H): WIN

Total: 67 points. Spurs to squeak into the Champions League again by a single point…

Well. Let’s see what happens, and how far I am off the mark. The above results require us to be totally on our game, and for City to slip up a couple of times…without doubt they have the easier run-in, but I hope we can rise to the challenge once more. Come on you Spurs!

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