A look ahead to the Young Boys tie

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Tottenham Champions League

Wednesday night sees Spurs first home game in the European Cup (or that competition’s nearest current equivalent) since 1962. Thanks to the first half hour against Young Boys last Tuesday evening it also means we’re going to witness a ‘must win’ match a lot sooner than we hoped for.

After being run ragged by a combination of speed and plastic in the former Wankdorf last week we recovered enough to nick two goals and thus bring back to life a tie that appeared more dead and buried than Crouchy’s hopes of opening his Christmas presents with Abby this year.

Despite the fact that Gareth Bale is our only regular goal scorer at the moment I’d suggest it’s in defence where this tie will be won and lost. We have enough about us to score at least once, especially given the likely White Hot Lane atmosphere, but can we keep them out on the break? They’ll be confident of nicking a goal if we give them any space and rightly so judging by the way they regularly showed Dawson and co a clean pair of astroturf soles last time out. Charlie Corluka is our man most likely to exhibit bursts of Gareth Barry like acceleration so there’s a chance that Redknapp’s fondness for Kaboul may see him given an outing in the Croatian’s place. Dawson and King should be reunited in the middle.

Up front and in midfield, a lot depends on the injury situation. With Defoe, Keane, Pav back we’ll have options enough to be confident, but something extra from Lennon, Kranjcar, big Tom et al wouldn’t go amiss.

Sandro’s just won the Copa Libertadores and Gallas has been signed for his CL experience amongst other qualities. Levy’s pen might be poised above a chequebook ready to bring in others to help but whether he actually signs his name or slings his biro away unused probably depends on Wednesday night’s result.

The sub-editors will be rubbing their hands in anticipation at the potential headlines should we cock it up. If we play anywhere near our best & don’t freeze they’ll be sadly disappointed.

By MF

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  1. It will be hard, there is no doubt about that, at this level there is no suck thing as an easy game as we all learned over the first 30 mins of the first leg. But alot of spurs faithful including myself recognise the talent we have in the squad and id expect us to win the tie. Modders is out, so id like to see Gio on the left , Thud and Palacios in the middle and Lennon on the right. Upfront i think Crouch with his height advantage would work, Arry will probably start with Defoe, albeit an injured Defoe, but i dont think it will be long before Pav or Keane come on if we dont score. At the back it has to be Bale on the left, King and Daws in the middle and id agree with Kaboul on the right with Gomes in goal i think we are ready to start : )
    COYS 2-0 on the night

  2. It will be hard, there is no doubt about that, at this level there is no suck thing as an easy game as we all learned over the first 30 mins of the first leg. But alot of spurs faithful including myself recognise the talent we have in the squad and id expect us to win the tie. Modders is out, so id like to see Gio on the left , Thud and Palacios in the middle and Lennon on the right. Upfront i think Crouch with his height advantage would work, Arry will probably start with Defoe, albeit an injured Defoe, but i dont think it will be long before Pav or Keane come on if we dont score. At the back it has to be Bale on the left, King and Daws in the middle and id agree with Kaboul on the right with Gomes in goal i think we are ready to start : )

  3. This is going to be one of those frustrating perch on the edge of your sofa and pace the lounge wearing your carpet down evenings! Yes we have the ability to score at home against anyone but these boys might come and frustrate, all they have to do is be patient and perhaps wait for that opportunity to grab that vital away goal that could cause us a major headache. I dont see the goal fest many are predicting with the floodgates to burst open. Yes we need to pass the ball which we sadly were to inept to succeed in doing last week and bombard the penalty box. For me Keane and Pav have to start, if Defoe is that injured then he may be best used as a sub. At the back King is clearly in alongside Dawson and I would dump the leaden footed Corluka for Kaboul at right back. Just give the ball to Bale and Lennon on the wings and lets see what they can create. We have to be clinical tonight, we have been a bit wasteful in both leageu games especially against City so the old scoring boots need to be well stocked.

  4. Harry is sure to play Corluka at right back, and it will be a good thing. We need a level headed performace and a more solid defence. Corluka also plays well with Lennon. Gio must be on bench. Come on, this is too important to play Dos Santos – someone who has only 2 starts for us in the Premier League. I think he'll start with Defoe, and let him run himself to the ground before his op. Centre midfield is key, because it will have to be Hudd and Wilson.

  5. Bale has to stay at left-midfield, he's our most potent attacking force at the moment. BAE had a dodgy game last week, but I generally like the lad.

    Niko and Tom in the middle and I think we'll be needing all four of our strikers at some point during the match….they could all do with a goal!

    I'm bricking it!!! But we should win, if we can beat Arsenal, Chelsea and City like we did at the end of last season then we should be able to finish the job tonight.

  6. Im Bricking It too M8, the nearer we get to the kick off the worse my pot herbs are getting. I just hope we get a couple of early goals to settle everyone down. COYS

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