Why can’t ex-Spurs players do us

Berbatov makes it 1-0 to Spurs after 5 minutes.

a favour?

First off it was Terry Venables pulling out an away tie at Chelsea and now Ray Clemence picks Blackburn for us in the semi. I suppose they were the two round balls the others being square to make sure ManUre got Watford 😉

Now all Spurs have to do is fit another game in, get Berbatov fit and finish of what they should have done yesterday when 3-1 up.

No doubt Berbatov coming off for Mido cost us the win, being two up to an underperforming side and important fixtures ahead you can see why the boss wanted to try and save the Bulgarian. Of course he might have thought Mido would try and do his best with a rare run out of late and wouldn’t be expecting the dog of a performance from the Egyptian, giving ball after ball away, put in. It really highlighted the class of Berbatov the way he can keep the ball and hold up play, exactly what was required.

The more and more you see of Berbatov the more he looks like a Spurs player, the casual languid approach, allied to the vision and ability, along with the long sleeved shirt and straight arms it could be Gilzean, Chivers or Archibald.

Bringing off Berbatov may have at the time been understandable, bringing off Lennon wasn’t. There was so much room behind that static Chelsea defence what was needed was some speed merchants – Lennon & Defoe – running through them or past them for balls over the top. The introduction of Gardner and thus a shift to a back three didn’t help either, it just created confusion and led to Kalou’s equaliser.

Up to that point Martin Jol had seemed to get things mostly right, especially with Lennon’s behind the front two floating role once he’d seen Makelele wasn’t in the Chelsea side. Good to see Rocha has learnt from his earlier mistake as every ball that came his way was booted as far away as possible. Cerny looked solid and quite dependable in goal, though he wasn’t a selected by choice rather than by an injury to Robinson.

Have to agree with Mourinho the ref wasn’t the best, missing what should have been a pen for Spurs, Robben’s dives and the two challenges by Shevchenko on Dawson when the Ukrainian seemed more intent on playing the Spurs defender – and causing injury – than playing the ball. Maybe that’s what pissed Jose off, a red card and he would have a reason not to play the £30m flop.

Now if Clive Allen could just teach Defoe to stop hitting the woodwork it could have been another 4 goal Sunday…

Defoe should have won it…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Required fields *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.