Jermain Defoe IS a soothsayer

Boring game, excellent result – Well done, Spurs!

Tactical genius?


Who’d have thunk? Spurs came through their last-16 game against AC Milan not by playing the type of swashbuckling, care-free, Charlie Sheen-esq football they’ve become known for, but by grinding out a uninspiring Emilio Estevez-esq goalless draw.

But as Harry Redknapp duely noted:

“It was always going to be nervy. If people thought we were going to smash Milan out of sight, they’ve not been watching football. We were playing AC Milan, who are top of Serie A and have lost only three games all season, not Raggy-Arsed Rovers.”


Michael Dawson was bloody good again and Sandro was tip-top, while Heurelho Gomes seemed to forget his side was winning and got rid of the ball as quickly as he possibly could. Every. Single. Time.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the whole game came in the 59th minute when Steven Pienaar (?) was flagged offside despite being…

a)    Eight yards onside when the ball was played
b)    Five yards onside when he received it
c)    Two yards onside when he had his second touch

If anyone spots a video of this anywhere, give us a holla. It’s dreadful.

Anyway, well done Spurs! But before anyone has the temerity to enjoy the moment, we’ll leave you with these Ronan Keating-inspired words of wisdom from ‘Arry:

“I’ll just have a bacon sandwich, a cup of tea and take my dogs out. I’ve had ups and downs, life is a roller-coaster and I try not to get too down or go overboard.”

And therein lies a lesson for us all.

So, will Spurs get battered in the next round? Were they lucky? Were they excellent? Let us know what you think with a comment below…

5 responses so far
  • N14 Spur // March 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Have to admit that that linesman was shocking. First half he gave 3 offsides against AC Milan which were all onside, and then the “8-yards onside” incident second half against Spurs. Poor.

  • davspurs // March 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    We got sucked into a defensive game because 451does not work and our results prove it. Harry is suffering the same problem we had with King not playing a fit player and playing a name . Jermaine Defoe should have played and the one person we are badly missing is Huddlestone he gets Bale and Lennon away Gomes needs to stop spilling shots and hold the ball the times he caused panick only helped Milans confidents to attack . What must Defoe think he scores two crackers and then gets dropped for a player not fit two players should have sat on the bench Pienaar and Van there replacements should have bean Defoe and Bale.

  • FAWLB // March 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    They definitely lost some of their glory compared to what was expected of them. Getting a result, 0-0, may be appreciated especially for a team with their history, but Milan had a few really good chances that could as well have lead to a goal. The reactions would have been VERY different just over slight margins like that.

    If they get Barcelona, they’ll probably get battered. I’d also expect them to lose against Man United, Real Madrid and probably Bayern. But they have a good chance for the semis if they get Schalke or Shakhtar (they’re not crap, no, but no gods either).

  • internet pundit // March 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    you got through… shouldnt you be happy about it?

    Oh wait, i forgot, spurs fans

  • Chris B. // March 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Glad someone else noticed that linesman, who was wrong 4 out of 4 times they brought up the replay on him. To me, that type of ineptitude–i.e., where he is consistently missing objective decisions–is far more bewildering than any one high-profile judgment call from Webb or Busacca. How did he get promoted to the highest level of officiating without being able to make simple offsides calls correctly on a regular basis?

    As for Spurs, I think they deserved to win and calling them lucky would be an injustice. That said, once they face someone from outside Italy, where the current standard of play is a little static, they’ll have quite a bit more trouble. Schalke they could beat, due to a lack of home-field advantage on Schalke’s part (did anyone notice how dead their stadium sounded yesterday?) but I wouldn’t give them odds against anyone else who seems likely to advance.

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