Champion’s League Live: Spurs vs. Madrd


Tottenham Hotspur: Gomes; Corluka Gallas Dawson Assou-Ekotto; Lennon Huddlestone Modric Bale; Van der Vaart; Pavlyuchenko

Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol; Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Ronaldo, Marcelo; Adebayor.

Inter: Julio Cesar – Maicon, Lucio, Ranocchia, Nagatomo – Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Zanetti – Sneijder – Eto’o, Milito

Shalke 04: Neuer – Uchida, Höwedes, Metzelder, Sarpei – Papadopoulos, Matip – Baumjohann, Jurado – Raul, Edu

Update: Line-ups shortly

The near-angelic strains of the UEFA’s Champion’s League choir are an appropriate cacophony for today’s Champion’s League bouts.

Modric: The little man will need to be BIG today for any shot

Tottenham Hotspur with a galactic task to surmount against Real Madrid at home.

Likewise, surprising Schalke 04–under the stewardship of a new manager–looking pretty comfy in their home confines against Inter Milan.

Expect both Real Madrid and Schalke 04 to advance here. If you’re keen on an upset and fixated that one might occur, you’ll need to look to Germany. Inter Milan, under new management themselves this season, are the champions. There last stand came against Bundesliga heavyweights Munich. If any team has the moxie and firepower to surmount the task today, it would be King Wesley and his men.

Their task? Make a 5-2 home loss disappear against a team that has scored nine times in their last three home games. Yikes!

Real Madrid vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs’ fans hold on to a glimmer of hope that their side can produce today on the strength of a Champion’s League campaign that was going swell until they traveled to the Bernabeu.

Supreme defensive strategist Jose Mourinho won’t give the home side an easy go of it and with Real Madrid likely missing out on hardware in La Liga this year, Mourinho, Ronaldo and the clan need something to hang their hat on.

If your Spurs today, just attack. Be relentless. They flashed the ability in Madrid, but if they respect Madrid too much today and sit back it will be back to the league for them quickly…and a ho-hum of a match to watch.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dth on 2011/04/13 at 12:01 PM

    You’re Harry Redknapp. You know that your best hope is an up-and-down game, and moreover, you know that that’s what you’re likely to get. You know that in such a game, mobile defensive midfielders are needed. You start Tom Huddlestone over Sandro. WHY?!?!?


  2. Posted by John on 2011/04/13 at 12:03 PM

    If Spurs advance today, I will eat my hat.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/04/13 at 12:05 PM

      Get on the videotape will you. The chances of that happening are good as….as good as….David Beckham on the pitch and winning an MLS Cup?


  3. Posted by nelson on 2011/04/13 at 4:09 PM

    was too busy to watch the game. sandro is sick. by far my favorite new spurs player, unless you want to put VDV in that category. Huddlestone has amazing ambidexteral feet. however, he’s not as quick or has as much hustle as Sandro. i’m guessing Harry knew he needed Sandro for the EPL. Idk. Spurs have many great players but unfortunately in similar positions. I’d play the best 11 somehow.


  4. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/04/13 at 4:15 PM

    I wonder what went through Harry’s mind when they subbed Ronaldo for Kaka!


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