Champion’s League Live: Tottenham vs. A.C. Milan

Will host a Bunga Bunga party if Milan go through. Expect Robinho and Pato to be the first ones there. Ronaldinho will be serving drinks.

Game over. Spurs through the quarters thanks to a Crouch’s first leg goal. Not the best game, but they won’t care in London.


91:00 – Robinho and Ibra have a nice one two, but Robinho’s shot is deflected over the bar. Corner comes to nothing.

90:00 – Sandro might be getting the plaudits, but the MOM for me is Dawson. He’s been everywhere and marshaled the Spurs defense very well.

88:00 – Gomes comes out and claims the ball well. Such an enigma the Brazilian keeper. Within minutes can go from awful to excellent.

86:00 – Sandro excellently plays keep away from three Milan players at the corner flag. Milan are becoming more predictable as the game comes on. Strasser comes on for Flamini.

83:00 – Pav comes on for Crouch. Shame, I thought the bean pole was having a good game.

81:00 – He might be slow, but Dawson is having an excellent game.

80:00 – If Spurs go through will Merkel come to Berlusconi’s Bunga Bunga party? Shuddering over here.

79:00 – Spurs are conceding the ball  like their North London rivals as they gift the ball to Milan. Difference is Spurs are also attacking when they get a the chance.

77:00 – The duck unleashes a shot that the German Chancellors son feeds him, but it hits the side netting. Close one that!

76:00 – Did Angela Merkel’s son just come on the pitch for Milan?

75:00 – Anybody else want this to go to penalties? I haven’t seen a good shoot out in awhile!

69:00 – The speedy little fellas work the ball nicely in the Milan half, but they eventually get out muscled. Kudos for Spurs for going all out and attacking. I guess if the ball is in the Milan half, Gomes isn’t near it. Good strategy!

66:00 – Gomes makes a fine save from a Robinho shot that ends up bundling around the box. Eventually all is cleared

64:00 – Pato gets a yellow for encroachment. Stupid that and Van der Vaart gets another chance to found Crouchino’s head. He fails.

61:00 – Ibra blocks a goal bound shot on his chest that renders him offside. He then chants and prays to some form of deity for his stupidity. He also asks for the ability perform during the weekdays and not only on the weekends.

60:00 – Assou-Ekotto sporting the sting ray hairstyle, finds himself offside after a promising move by Spurs.

57:00 – Speedy Modric weaves his way into the Milan off and lays it off for the 6th dwarf. Lennon’s cross finds Crouch per usual and per usual no one is in the box to meet the knockdown. Spurs becoming predictable, but Milan can’t stop it.

56:00 – Hutton and Bale having a chat on the sideline. I’m English and I would need a translator to translate what they are saying!

53:00 – The Tower of London aka Crouch knocks another down for Dopey of the 7 dwarves, but Pienaar crashes into a Milan defender. Would have been for naught as Crouch is whistled for the foul.

52:00 – Game has opened up as both teams are going for it. Flamini sends a shot that flashes Gomes’s goalmouth.

50:00 – Spurs starting the second half the brighter team as Corluka and Lennon causing a bit of havoc down the right flank.

46:00 – Once again Spurs send in a high ball courtesy of Lennon, that Crouch knocks down, when heading goal bound would have been the better option.

TWEEET – Spurs start the second half.

PEEEP. Halftime. What started off as a promising game dwindled a bit. Second half needs a goal!

45:00 – Spurs enjoying a brief spell of possession. I would love to see a photo of Defoe, Lennon, Modric, Assou-Ekotto and then Crouch. You put Crouch in a black wig and Spurs could go as Snow Crouch and the 7 dwarfs for Halloween.

43:00 – Milan dominating, but have to be wary of the Spurs counter. Redknapp looks bored.

40:00 – If Milan go through, will Berlusconi host a bunga bunga party for the team?

38:00 – CROUCH headed Silva instead of the ball…or so Silva wanted everyone to believe.


35:00 – Milan playing like Barca’s little brother as they ping the ball around the Spurs half. Spurs to their credit are playing the way Arsenal should have yesterday and are attacking with verve and venom. Sadly they lack the composure.

32:00 – Milan looking the more dangerous team. They’re more incisive and looking for the openings, where as Spurs are playing as if they just stole Pato’s coke stash and snorted before the whistle.

31:00 – Van der Vaart sends a 30 yard free kick just over the bar.

28:00 – Great call by the linesman. The monkey man warms up!

26:00 – Gomes gets caught in no mans land as Robinho rounds him and sends a cross toward goal but Gallas heroically clears off the line.

23:00 – Robinho given much to space as he scampers down the left wing. He tee’s up the duck (Pato) but his first time shot is blocked and Spurs clear. Better from Meeelan.

20:00 – If Seedorf is a 104, how old is Nesta? 214? The legendary Italian defender throws himself in front of a Van de Vaart shot. Surprised that didn’t break every bone in his aged body.

18:00 – Crouch is owning the air space in London this evening as he knocks his third ball down. Sadly no one can get to it. Has he touched it with his feet yet? Fox soccer SUCKS. You can’t have this sort of delay.

16:00 – Holy awful time delay as the commentary is about 4 seconds ahead of the picture. This is incredibly annoying as Ibra sends in rocket of free kick, but Gomes pushes it out wide. Nothing comes from the corner.

15:00 – Clearly Gomes passed noxious gas in an inappropriate time and place as the Spurs defenders are giving him terrible back passes that are very awkward to deal with.

14:00 – Milan have a free kick just outside the box near the byline, but it is awful and Sandro easily clears.

13:00 – Game evening out a bit as both sides move the ball up and down the pitch, but without really threatening either goal. Apparently both managers received the attack wide memo.

7:00 – Can we start describing Crouch as having a good knockdown for a tall man? He hasn’t used his feet yet? The Milan CB’s don’t stand a chance.

4:00 – Crouchy uses his height to set up Van der Vaart, but Abbiati clumsily saves.

3:00 – What deal with devil did Seedorf make? He must be 104 and still a very good player. One of the most decorated club players in the game.

2:00 – Pienaar finds acres of space to pass to Van der Vaart, but his shot is wide.

TWEEEEEET and they’re off!

Yeah...I don't get it either...lucky bastard

The 4th official’s name is amazing. Jean-Baptiste Bultynck!

Great atmosphere at White Hart Lane. Boo I think I missed the exchange of kids. Good to see the referee’s in a more traditional yellow and black!


Your line ups

Tottenham: Heuerelho Gomes; Vedran Corluka, William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Aaron Lennon, Sandro, Luka Modric, Steven Pienaar; Peter Crouch, Rafael van der Vaart.
Subs: Cudicini, Hutton, Bale, Jenas, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, King

Christian Abbiati; Ignazio Abate, Alessandro Nesta, Thiago Silva, Marek Jankulovski; Clarence Seedorf, Mathieu Flamini, Kevin-Prince Boateng; Robinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pato.
Subs: Amelia, Strasser, Papastathopoulos, Oddo, Merkel, Yepes, Antonini


Hello All,

Welcome to the live commentary of Spurs versus Inter. Spurs lead the 1-0 after the first leg, and the 7 time winners have it all to do to win in London. The bulldog is suspended (Gattuso) and the monkey man (Bale) is on the bench. Van der Vaart is back after a month on the physio’s table and his favorite target man Crouchino is alongside him. Will it live up to yesterdays game? Probably not, but hopefully this referee left his ego at home.

92 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Crow on 2011/03/09 at 12:44 PM

    LOL I was already mad that Crouch was two inches taller than me! Now the envy grows!

    Did anyone see that picture of Crouch and Cherundolo (bending over dribbling) at the World Cup? Hilarious.


  2. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:44 PM

    Ref’s are wearing their home kit.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 12:47 PM

      What’s with your fascination with with the referee’s satorial tastes?


      • Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:48 PM

        Really just a running joke from yesterday. Where Matt was concerned about the Ref’s “third” european kit.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 12:54 PM

          I’m sorry, I remember the comment, but thought it was you – hence my comment today…


        • Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/09 at 12:56 PM

          Nah it was me. I knew when the referee brought out a child to exchange and wearing white that there would be problems.


  3. Sandro gets the start…interesting. I’ve liked his game at times.


  4. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:47 PM

    Absolutely cracking atmosphere at White Hart Lane.


  5. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:50 PM

    Well that was some pretty dramatic arm holding.


  6. Milan’s line-up suggests an attacking tactical change but early it’s more of the same things we saw at the San Siro. Pienaar/Modric doing good work by drifting inward. That’s fascinating to me because that’s exactly what you’d think Milan should be able to take away.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 12:57 PM

      Continuing on that, it seems Milan gets a lot of mileage out of bossing the opposition as they did this past week against Napoli and Juventus, but when the come up against sides–specifically English sides that are used to that contact and usually give more, they’re a little lost.

      Of note, Milan has played in London 15 times…1 win to show for it.


      • Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:58 PM

        That Juventus game was pretty awful. Except for counting all the hair gel.


        • Better from Milan for a few minutes– look menacing but Tottenham keeping their shape. The move the ball inward and deliver it to Crouch attack has happened three times though. Sooner or later the big fella will convert.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:09 PM

          The knock down approach works well when they have a fox-in-the-box [Defoe] playing. VDV doesn’t seem to be able to time his runs from deep too well / or Crouch’s headers are misdirected.


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  8. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 12:55 PM

    Milan coming back into the game a bit. Trying to play down their right and then switching field.


  9. Don’t get me wrong here but I love that Van der Vaart is starting too and Bale is on the bench. Mostly this is just so if things get chippy Seedorf and Van der Vaart can have a few words. Those two are not very big fans of one another, to say the least.


  10. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 1:02 PM

    The very sight of Kevin-Prince Boateng brings makes me very irritated.


  11. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 1:09 PM

    All I’m saying is that if I had Pato’s skill and only half of his coke budget, I’d be challenging for the Ballon D’or. Shame how much he parties. Skills are ebbing.


    • Posted by sfshwebb on 2011/03/09 at 1:14 PM

      He’s still only 21…kind of harsh to say his skills are ebbing. What does that say about Jozy!


      • Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 1:18 PM

        Well Jozy is American and his skills won’t come till he turns 28 and they won’t ebb till he is playing for Rizepor.


    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 1:23 PM

      His skills looked fine against Napoli to me.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 1:24 PM

        Besides, maybe Silvio Berlusconi’s daughter will set him on the straight and narrow.


      • Posted by Matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:14 PM

        But he could be so much more. He can score/pass with either foot, has searing speed, good balance, good vision and he’s strong on the ball. He’s really very Ronaldinho like…with the exception of never taking full advantage of his talent yet.


  12. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 1:09 PM

    Tottenham is finding it harder to get to parity in the center, so they can’t outflank them as they did in the first leg.


  13. Posted by Christopher on 2011/03/09 at 1:11 PM

    I really wish Forlan would have found his way into the Spurs. Ahhh..wage structure. Modric getting some time to distribute..but the pendulum is swinging in Milan’s favor…hope it swings back sooner rather than later.


  14. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 1:12 PM

    And Gallas is SLIGHTLY less hated in the spurs camp…


  15. Spurs really need to keep more of the ball, at least for a spell. This corner could help. Robinho is playing well and Tottenham is very stretched out– and yes, Gallas regaining some respect from the Yid supporters.


  16. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:14 PM

    I wish Tottenham slowed the tempo down, and showed a little patience, rather than just trying to going at Milan everytime. I can see Milan hitting them on the counter attack…


  17. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:17 PM

    Dawson is slow. Wow.


  18. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:20 PM

    Talk about cheap turn overs. I’ll give Milan some credit, but Spurs have been crap for the last 10-12 minutes.


  19. The way Milan are passing and stretching the Spurs defense should be very concerning to their fans and their gaffer right now. Seems like a goal is coming– and you can’t think too highly of Spurs chances in a penalty shoot out if it comes to that…they aren’t exactly on fire from the spot lately.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:25 PM

      Spurs are allowing Milan’s FBs to advance to much and it’s hurting them.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 1:27 PM

        The crazy thing is that Lennon has so much pace you’d think the fullbacks would be wary on his side. Inviting danger–it only takes the skill clicking one time to punish.


        • Actually think Pienaar has been more effective than Lennon this half. Doubling of Lennon there was less impressive than the fact we hadn’t heard Lennon’s name for twenty minutes. That’s never a good thing for Spurs. I would expect Bale at the hour mark or so if he’s capable.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:32 PM

          But the midfield cannot get the ball and keep it. I am also wondering whether he might be tempted to pair Sandro with Jenas as a double pivot in front of the back four. Although that might be invited Milan pressure.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:42 PM

          I’d like to see the ball played behind Jankulovsk for Lennon to run on to. Spurs played a couple like that and took Jankulovsk out of the game, but unfortunately, the pass was over-hit.

          Milan have been the better team the first half, especially the last 20-25 minutes. But as it stands, Spurs are 45 minutes away from the QF. How much risk do Milan take, and will Spurs sit back and try to hit them when inevitable gaps appear?

          Personally, I don’t think Spurs are good enough defensively to close out this game if they sit back.


  20. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:27 PM

    What happened the Pienaar? He started off quite brightly but has been anonymous. Bale to come on 2nd half?


  21. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 1:29 PM

    Birmingham up on Everton 1 – 0


    Schalke and Valencia

    1 – 1 Agg 2 – 2


  22. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 1:32 PM

    Hmm, well an electric atmosphere and nice beginning settled out to a stalemate.

    Hopefully Spurs can talk themselves out of Arsenal’s approach in the second half.


  23. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 1:33 PM

    The French half-time announcers are killing Gomes for everything: decisions, distribution, everything. When the French want to kill you verbally, you get dead.


  24. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:51 PM

    That’s one yellow for Jankulovski – one more and I get a pint!


  25. Much, much better from Spurs to start this half. Crouch missing a late-running partner to be sure– but much better. Last half hour of first half was what Spurs fans feared when this tie was drawn– Milan had literally overrun the Tottenham midfield.


  26. Also, agree with general sentiment that Spurs can’t get to QF by parking bus and sitting back. One of the reasons I genuinely believe Spurs can actually win the competition is that they attack and play their own game. Sitting back defeats those arguments.


  27. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 1:56 PM

    How can that be a foul when Seedorf backs into Crouch with no intention of even winning the ball – he’s not even looking at the flippin’ thing.


  28. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:00 PM

    How in the world was that offside?


  29. Sandro creeping his way into MOM discussions, particularly if this score line holds.Ibrahimovic really is the thinking man’s Berbatov– he even protests fouls and offsides calls with the same “what? me? prayer/beg” body language.


  30. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:06 PM

    Is this the worst-ever performance by a goalkeeper pitching a shutout?


  31. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:06 PM

    Good Grief, Gomes is just TRYING to give this away.


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:08 PM

      Can’t help it. It’s his nature. Count me among those thoroughly surprised that Gomes is still 1st choice after having got there in 2008.

      I would have lost huge dollars if I bet that.


  32. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:09 PM

    Lesson of the week: pressing–it’s important.


  33. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:11 PM

    Milan are better at settling when they get the ball – albeit gifted to them…


  34. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:12 PM

    Jenas on. Here’s the double pivot for the last 20.


  35. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:12 PM

    Modric in trequartista position–might work well.


  36. There’s the Jenas/Sandro pairing alluded to earlier. Less worrisome now because Milan was going to increase the pressure anyway. Might as well bring in a grouping more suited to deal with it.


  37. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:13 PM

    With less than 20 left Spurs fans can now get ready to be very very very nervous.


    • Posted by Matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:15 PM

      Man John you are ahead of me all day. The script is ripe for Milan to get some junky goal on an errant Robinho shot deflection and for Spurs fans to be…..Spurs fans.


  38. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:15 PM

    Everybody talks about Bale’s offensive threat, but he started his career as a LB.


    • Posted by Matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:17 PM

      And frankly that’s where he should play in my opinion. He’s wasted up in the attack because he’s just like every other MF except with a better cross.

      Put him at left back with a CDM that understands he may to cover…better role for him.

      You could say the same about Juan Vargas, a personal fave–who’s the Peruvian Bastos OR better.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:24 PM

        I agree 100%. He’s got the legs to be a great FB in the modern game. And I do think that’s where he will end up playing.


  39. Posted by Christopher on 2011/03/09 at 2:18 PM

    If it wasn’t for the field players…id think Abbiati looks identical to Gomes on my feed.


  40. Posted by Matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:19 PM

    Pato could be soooo good.


  41. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:19 PM

    The Milan fans are really making some noise now.


  42. Merkel, all 19 years of him, has made Milan look increasingly dangerous again since being brought on. Gomes’ clean sheet right now about as pretty as a no-hitter with seven or eight walks.


  43. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:21 PM

    Oh good grief. How do you take a shot/cross like that when the situation calls for you to calm down hold the ball and give your defense a rest.


  44. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:22 PM

    Corluka’s distribution has been crap all night.


  45. Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:22 PM

    Merkel: Europe’s Andy Najar. Will he choose Germany? Russia? Kazhakstan? No one knows.


    • Good point about Merkel…of course, Americans and Hondurans should hope Najar will be as good as Merkel will be.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:33 PM

        Hmm…don’t know, I think Najar has a higher ceiling than Merkel.


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:55 PM

          I have to ask: when looking at one young player against another, why do you think that one has a higher ceiling? How can you identify what somebody’s maximum potential is?


        • Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:56 PM

          I don’t know about them but I roll three 8 sided dice and then cast a rune charm.

          This divination gives me great glimpses into the future. BTW George, in 2031 the future of the English team will be a player named “Angela”

          just warning in advance.


        • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 3:05 PM

          I mean, if I could do it reliably I’d be very well paid by a big club. So obviously this is just random-dude-on-the-internet opinions, which are sometimes very correct and more often not so much.

          That said, I think Merkel looks like a box-to-box type player with a big engine, and those kind of players mature earlier unless they add something to their game. He looks James Milner-ish to me. Najar, on the other hand, has the vision and speed and moves to do just about anything in attack if he continues to learn, which is his chief weakness as of this moment.


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:26 PM

      Even Borat would choose not to represent Kazhakstan.


  46. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:28 PM

    I gotta be honest, I don’t see where Milan are getting a goal from. Danger in possession but really offering nothing in the final product.


  47. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 2:28 PM

    Can you believe Sandro is only 21?


    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 2:30 PM

      Very smart buy by Redknapp, though the reported 14 million fee is a big risk.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 3:37 PM

        I think that’s the only way clubs without silly money can actually compete these days – they have to try and source them young and cheap[er]. I mean, how much do you think Sandro would be worth after WC2014? Not every club can do a Mourinho and buy established players who are at their peak [statistically speaking] and not worry about resale value / depreciating assets…


  48. Posted by Matthewsf on 2011/03/09 at 2:30 PM

    Do the Spurs fans only know one song? I have to know this.


    • Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:35 PM

      They know two, one to sing during the game and one to sing during victories at the end.


  49. Posted by John on 2011/03/09 at 2:32 PM

    Oh my, how close was that.

    Not much time now!


  50. Robinho has been terrific tonight– looking to be a valiant effort in defeat. Certainly surprised, given how Milan have been better on the evening, that this may end scoreless. Sandro tremendous but the first half by Gallas secures my MOM honors, as it is. Congrats to Tottenham.


    • Posted by Christopher on 2011/03/09 at 3:38 PM

      for the goal saving clearance Gallas is the hero if not the MOM. Following this Gomes was almost the villian for his decison making. Not only for the near goal..but his attempts at driving counters were horrible. Overall the Spurs had an A for Defense (for having a clean sheet) but their distribution was a D at best.


  51. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 3:05 PM

    Does anybody think Inter will beat Bayern at the Allianz next week? When was the last time that an Italian team failed to reach the QFs? [Fingers crossed!]


    • Posted by dth on 2011/03/09 at 3:08 PM

      Oh yeah, I think so. With the van Gaal kerfluffle, I just don’t see Bayern caring much about the rest of the season.

      It would be delicious if Bayern got dumped from the round of 16 and then didn’t make the Champions League. I think Franz Beckenbauer might go on a killing spree.

      Question for discussion: does Bayern’s chaos make Jurgen Klinsmann look better in retrospect?


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/09 at 3:46 PM

        Hadn’t thought about Bayern München not finishing high enough in the Bundesliga-1 to not qualify for next season’s CL. But to be honest, I’d rather Inter not progress.


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