What a load of Wankdorf

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Harry Redknapp

Expect that, anyone? A few weeks back, soon after the draw for this tie was made, a Spurs supporter posted on the BBC 606 online chatroom the following words: “We’re as good as through already.”

Whoever and wherever that guy is now, I hope he feels suitably embarrassed. His words kept coming back to me, as I sat enduring Alan Smith’s dreary monotone on Sky Sports, describing with barely concealed satisfaction how Spurs were subsiding before all of our eyes.

“We’re as good as through already….”. It was an interesting mental concept to toy with after Young Boys’ third unanswered goal ripped into the back of Heurelho Gomes’s net just 28 minutes into the game. It looked as distant and unobtainable as a hot date with Scarlett Johansson.

So what happened here then? There was the plastic pitch of course. I don’t know how much of a difference that really made, but having just heard Harry talking about it, it sounds like we were defeated by it before we even started. We were thinking about the pitch, not the opposition it seems.

There was match fitness. Young Boys have already played more than half a dozen competitive games this season, while this was our second. You’d have to think that had something to do with the vast gulf in sharpness between the two sides in that opening 30 minutes. In fact, almost half of our team were playing their first game of the season. We almost re-defined the phrase “slow out of the blocks”.

Mostly though there was unbelievable ineptitude all over the pitch. Michael Dawson and Sebastien Bassong looked flat footed, and horribly slow; the midfield struggled to grab any kind of foothold as the Swiss hassled them and played snappy passes around them; Defoe was starved of the ball while Pavlyuchenko wasted it every time he found it at his feet.

One can only wonder at how many tea cups owe their continuing structural integrity to Bassong’s headed goal after 42 minutes which made it 3-1; Redknapp would surely have trashed the lot at half time otherwise. Maybe he did anyway. But from the brink of disaster, from awful contemplation of a cricket score being racked up against us, we had some sort of lifeline.

There was some controlled possession to usher in the second half, making sitting watching a little less uncomfortable. Even so, Young Boys continued to confound with strong defending and imaginative passing. Worrying moments still came, and the fall of the ball still favoured the home team most often.

Harry had been forced to make all of his changes as early as the 66th minute, Modric and Defoe both succumbing to worrying groin problems. The pitch again? As we tried to press, Young Boys scented the opportunity for a killer fourth goal, and so nearly got it on three occasions – once when Wilson Palacios suicidally put Gomes in trouble.

Then out of nowhere a superb Tottenham goal in the 83rd minute. Corluka played a ball towards Pavlyuchenko, who dummied and curved his run in behind; Robbie Keane saw the move, saw the ball, played it to perfection, and the Russian was in, though the angle was a little acute and getting more so. He struck a hard and true shot, and all that Young Boys’ keeper Marco Wolfli knew about it was the high-pitched whistling sound it made as it arrowed past him and into the corner of the goal at his near post.

3-2, a miracle! I started smartening myself up in case the delectable Ms Johansson called. I’m still waiting for that call, but with the home leg to come next week, and suddenly a 1-0 win being enough to get through, you’d have to think that we’re as good as through alr……….no no, no way, I’m not going to even think it, let alone say it.

By Andy Knaggs

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6 COMMENTS

  1. “We’re as good as through already.” There you are….. I said it again!! We are at the Lane next playing on Grass…………… We have two…..that's TWO….AWAY GOALS!!! and trail by one!! Big deal……… Just because this lot have a silly name (YB) doesn't make them mugs…….. They are a strong technical side – however – not strong enough to put us to bed……… 2 away goals – “We’re as good as through already.”…….

    No one would put their neck out and say we would beat Young Boys on plastic…….but come on!! We all know we'll beat them at the LANE….DON'T WE?

  2. Why are you not wondering how a team who have there most experience defender missing who have sold there best strikers since they came second in the Swiss league yes Swiss. . They have played more games but only won one out of five .The Spurs fan is not stupid for expecting a team like Spurs playing the weakest team on paper not to get beat and i am sure he was not on his own thinking this . But if he reads this or discovered the main ingredient's to these energised games he wont be to confident in future I was always confident Spurs would or could win . Okay Man Utd away Chelsea away but now even Blackpool make me nervous i cant watch football any-more live because after a few mins i can see the energy kick in and the tempo rise this can cause a better team loads of trouble by denying them space and time on the ball this is not unique closing down but but what is unique in the past class has always won the day but not any more and this is because some teams are using Supplements to make sure they don't tire and the better team wins . This defending was called parking the bus but now its defend attack and defend in numbers with endless energy it not uncommon to see one player chase the ball right across the pitch without gasping for breath the Tempo and stamina is very high and so is the weight loss the normal way is hunting in threes and surrounding the player and he loses the ball . If these teams score then its hard to break them down and i no in my heart what Harry said about a good defeats was spot on Ufa not banning the two players from Dynamo Moscow did Football no favours and there explanation was laughable if not for its seriousness of the problem they said they had chest infections Well i watched the game and they looked okay to me they drew 3-3 at Utd after being 3-0 up just like YB and the only stat YB wom apart from the game was they ran 5 more miles than Spurs to win( 72 TO 67 AND WE HAD 62 PERCENT OF THE BALL )Hope this helps this lad to stay silent and tape the game its less heart breaking but shit

  3. Young Boys showed by Harry signed Sandro and why Huddlestone is our MVP. Without a versatile defensive midfielder we are broken. Huddlestone is definitely without a doubt the core and future of Spurs. He is out Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, etc. So glad we have him and not Carrick.

  4. If he helps us to go a long way in europe instead of not then he's welcome at the lane. its all about spurs being a better team this season than last.
    at the end of the day harry doesnt work on emotion. like we often do. he works with his head and he believes this will make spurs a better team. his record speaks for itself. i choose to get behind the team. with or without gallas.

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