by Matthew Wall for World Football Commentaries
Tottenham Hotspur 3 x Werder Bremen 0
It seems all to rare that we can talk of a team truly coming together not around one man, but a common goal, reaching new heights for their club. Tottenham’s performance in the UEFA Champions League last night was exactly that, and was certainly something I’m going to be replaying in my mind until Saturday at least. The flowing passes, inspired runs, and clinical finishing from two players in Tottenham jerseys whom you don’t normally associate with goals: Modric and Kaboul.
The goals bear a quick look, the first one coming from a corner that was only half cleared. Aaron Lennon took the half clearance, controlled, and put through a textbook pass straight onto Kaboul’s left foot as he volleyed it straight into the back of the net.
The Modric goal was built around a tactic that has worked so often in Europe for Spurs this year. Peter Crouch took down Alan Hutton's centering ball for Luca Modric to turn inside Prodl and finish expertly. Both of these goals were produced buy a team truly in form, dare I say more in form than even Manchester United.
Peter Crouch also scored a cracker from six yards out off of the very cheeky Jermaine Defoe who made a fool of his marker. The way they seem to know where each other are on the pitch, and where they will move, looks based on instinct, not luck, or vision. Clearly, expert training at the hand of Harry Rednapp has lefts its mark on this Spurs side.
A Few Mistakes
There were mistakes: Benoit Assou-Ekotto seemed only interested in giving the ball away for most of the match as his harmless passes were directed onto the feet of Werder Bremen players over and over again. He did get a well-deserved dressing down from Rednapp just after the half, but perhaps it further proves the strength of the side as whole that one who was so useless on a given day couldn’t break Spurs.
Overall, it was a well deserved victory that looked very convincing. Tottenham had the match by the soccer jersey and never really let go. When taken together with their destruction of Inter Milan, it seems that White Hart Lane is destined to host champions League matches for some time.
About the Author
Matthew Wall is the chief editor at soccerpro.com
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