Will Jermain Defoe prove to be a soothsayer?

Our prediction – this will definitely be happening tonight…


During our three hour lunches at Spoiler HQ we often find ourselves – in between glasses of champagne – trawling our glorious archives and laughing heartily. Remember when we suggested Ashley Cole might not be that bad? Crazy times.

Anyway, today we came across this Jermain Defoe quote from back in August…

He said:

“If we can get past the play-off qualifier, I honestly think we will go further than Arsenal in the Champions League.

“No disrespect to Arsenal because they have a good record in the Champions League.

“For them it’s become part of the furniture, part of their regular season – it’s the norm.

“But I can’t wait to experience the buzz around White Hart Lane on European nights, the place will be absolutely rocking.

“I do believe, if we can make that first step, that we will be contenders.”

You can see The Spoiler’s contribution to the debate at the time here. You can also do the poll seven months later than planned and make yourself look well clever by getting your prediction right.

Best wait until after the game to do that though…

However, if you’re feeling adventurous, give us your prediction below…

2 responses so far
  • Brian // March 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Spurs to go through on 1-1. Sadly, Italian teams don’t have it in them anymore on the European stage. As much as I hate Mourinho, Inter did well b/c of him last year. No Italian team looks like too much of a threat.

    They’ve already been replaced by the Bundesliga. Maybe Ligue 1 is next? (And this is coming from a Juve fan.)

  • AcF // March 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    They’ve been replaced by the Bundesliga because the latter teams have done well in the EL, a tournament which Italian teams care less about. In the CL the Italian teams have still performed better than the Germans.

    As for Inter, they won because they had the best defence in the world, quality offensive playmaker like Sneijder, and one of that season’s absolute best strikers in Milito. After being out of luck for so many years it was their turn. They might not have managed to hold Barca down at Camp Nou without Mou, but other than that they were good enough to reach that level.

    They are also the only Italian team that doesn’t have fundamental weakness at the moment, which is why Milan will go out tonight. The attack is quality, but it’s weaker without Cassano, and the defence is just too weak and won’t match the enthusiasm of Spurs at WHL.

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