Last night’s Champions League qualifier between Spurs and Young Boys served up a classic. During the first half it looked like Harry Redknapp had taken the Astroturf pitch too seriously and fielded 11 subbuteo players. To say that the Spurs back line was static was a serious understatement, while it took the North Londoners 40 minutes to get to grips with the pitch their opponents has already taken a 3-0 lead, at which point I was bordering on hysteria!
As half time approached Redknapp hauled off Assou-Ekotto and replaced him with Tom Huddlestone on 36 minutes. Then from a corner Bassong rose high and headed into the top of the net, making it 3-1 at the break. Spurs improved in the second half, seemingly with their boots on the correct feet for the second period. It was an end to end game which finally finished 3-2 to Young Boys, a scoreline which Spurs will feel confident to overturn in the second leg.
I will be relieved as Harry Redknapp when this tie is over, all the innuendo of Young Boys of Bern is becoming too much for me! Spurs will need to improve tenfold if they want to make an impact in the Champions League, although the pitch was a massive factor in last night’s game – the Spurs players just couldn’t handle it. Elsewhere it looks like the Slovakian team Zilina could be heading to the Group Stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 away win at Sparta Prague.
A great result for the Slovaks, also it was particularly pleasing for me as Sparta look set for a Europa League campaign and a possible match up with LFC in the Group Stages (if LFC overcome Trabzonspor) So I may get to see the reds take a trip to the Czech Republic, heres hoping!