Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Can we learn anything from last night?

So as I was flicking through the four Champions League matches on TV last night I was a little surprised to see the panellists for the Sky Sports live matches. Now I know Spurs’ CL experience is still unfortunately non-existent, but that didn’t stop Sky. Oh no, there were THREE Spurs legends sitting with Richard Keys: Glenn Hoddle, Gus Poyet and Jamie Redknapp. Now I don’t think there is much we can read in to that but it was mildly interesting nevertheless.

Richard Keys asked Gus about Tottenham’s selection policy ahead of Thursday’s second leg against Slavia Prague. He was adamant in his response that we will be playing a full strength side and made reference to the fact that we don’t have the luxury of the same strength in depth that Chelski have. Gus did say that the plan was to finish off the tie in Prague last week, but alas it didn’t happen. Indications suggest that we won’t be resting many, if any, players tomorrow night… so fingers crossed we don’t pick up any new injuries ahead of Sunday’s cup final.

According to the Daily Mail today, it sounds as if Cerny’s second-half blunder in Prague might cost him dearly:

“Paul Robinson is in line for a dramatic recall to the Tottenham team for Thursday's UEFA Cup tie against Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane.

The goalkeeper, who began the season as England No.1, has not played since he was axed by Juande Ramos in January, but he will also face Chelsea in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday at Wembley if he comes through unscathed.

The dramatic development comes after Radek Cerny's mistake in Prague last week, which enabled Slavia to cut the arrears to 2-1, and Spurs head coach Ramos has doubts over whether the Czech keeper can cope under severe pressure. Ramos made the decision after video analysis of Cerny's recent performances and has decided to give Robinson, 28, a final chance in the Tottenham team.

Cerny was also at fault for one of Manchester United's goals in the FA Cup exit at Old Trafford and the manager is convinced Robinson will respond to his dramatic recall.”

I for one would welcome the move.

As for last night’s actual football, I hear Avram Grant described the Chelski performance as the worst European performance since he’s been in charged. Sounds to me like the perfect rallying call to motivate his troops ahead of Sunday. And whilst Terry and Lampard both started on the bench last night, the BBC suggested this morning that despite many people expecting them to be in the first XI for Sunday they understand that it is likely they’ll remain on the bench. Not sure if this is Chelski mind games or not…

Whatever happens we’ll do our best against whatever players Grant selects. Yes they were poor last night, but they’re professionals and all 11 players (as well as our 11) will be up for it on Sunday. I can’t wait… COYS!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

They'll be too good for us on Sunday methinks...

The brand of dour, unimaginative but effective football that Chelsea ply unfortunately will counteract any pace we can provide to proceedings.

I can't see us penetrating their 10 man defence, and likewise I can't see us stopping Drogba.

Chelsea are like a footballing vaccuum, any invention is removed wholesale....They remind me of painting by numbers...

N7teen said...

You can't see us stopping Drogba? He's never scored against us you know...

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