Could we fare better than Arsenal?

So, the dream has become a reality and Spurs have made it to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. After being three nil down against those pesky Young Boys in the first qualifying round, Harry Redknapp and his European soldiers are now just four games away from the final of Europe’s biggest football competition.

While the away leg at the San Siro was an assured professional performance the likes I haven’t seen from a Tottenham side before, Wednesday’s home game was an uncomfortable ninety minutes where our players dug in, defended well and secured their passage into the last eight.

Jermain Defoe’s big talk at the start of the season about Tottenham progressing further than the Gunners in the Champions League no longer sounds so stupid. The question now is can they fare any better than Arsenal against the Catalan Giants? Should we draw them in the quarter finals, I won’t be too despondent. While I think it will be a near impossible task over two legs against Barca, anything is possible in football. We have the players to hit them on the break with better effect than Arsenal could manage. Lennon and Bale give us an outlet that Arsenal didn’t have.

While avoiding Barcelona in the next round would be preferable, no side left in the competition is going to be an easy touch. Admittedly Milan aren’t as good as they once were but they are no mugs. Spurs have proven they can mix it with the best sides in European football and appear to have the confidence to take on any team. Our league form may have suffered a little as the results against Blackpool and Wolves illustrate but I’m willing to swallow it if it means this European adventure can continue for a bit longer…

I’ll be on Ian Wright’s show on Absolute Radio sometime between five and six tomorrow if anyone wants to hear me talk more nonsense about Spurs!

6 thoughts on “Could we fare better than Arsenal?”

  1. We can progress if Harry stops changing to 451 its stopped working and what Harry did to Defoe was both stupid and bad managment. This could backfire if Defoe starts sulking and who could blame him. He had just started scoring and he was buzzing and his confidants was high and now it will be low again. So my argument is this why do our fans want a striker when Harry plays Van behind Crouch Milan where made up because Van was not fit or Bale and Defoe was . We also need Huddlestone back before we meet West Ham Olympians

  2. Hmm, can we do better than 0 shots on goal in 90 mins, the most dismal Champions League performance in the history of the tournament? I certainly hope so. The lightweight gooners showed how clever it is to play 10 man defence against the Catalans.

    Milan showed how to beat them last year when, contrary to reports that they won by defending, they attacked Barca and won the first leg 3-1. When they defended for their lives in the return, they lost 1-0 and were relieved to see a late, late, would be winner disallowed. Dangerous tactics.

  3. Attacking from the wings is something we can definitely use against Barca (if we draw them). Arsenal could rarely manage that without Walcott, leaving their attacking options coming straight up the middle which Barca does not allow often. Their defence will swarm you and provide no breathing room.

    Having said that, I don’t think a home & away fixture against Barcelona is something I would want. I’ll take a single game where winner takes all… final at Wembley anyone?

  4. Well the Malaysian Spur Supporters Club gathered at their local pub hoping for a big game. Sadly we kinda knew something like this would happen after missing two great opportunities in the first half.

    Check out what they had to say about the match on this youtube clip.

    They also talked about their Champions League Expectations. COYS!

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