Spurs Finally Lose Grip On Euro Adventure
The miracle of White Hart Lane didn’t quite come true as Real Madrid, rather predictably, eased into the semi-finals of the Champions League at Tottenham’s expense.
However, a 5-0 aggregate defeat shouldn’t detract from what has been a spectacular debut season for Spurs in the competition.
From the preliminary round, where their participation was hanging by a thread when they found themselves three goals down at one point, to their epic victories over the Milan giants, there have been more ups than downs for Harry Redknapp’s side.
But there must be a tinge of regret about how their quarter-final against the nine time winners unfolded.
They were given a mountain to climb when Peter Crouch, for reasons only known to him, lunged in like a clown on two occasions with the tie barely 15 minutes old.
Then there was Heurelho Gomes’s usual attempts to meet his annual quota of gaffes as he spilled tame shots from Cristiano Ronaldo in both legs.
The mistakes probably wouldn’t have made a difference to the overall outcome – Madrid had too much in any case. But it could have been a lot closer.
But arguably more important than taking Real Madrid to the wire is Tottenham’s quest to qualify for next season’s competition.
If they are to keep the momentum going and build on their team, then a top four finish domestically is a must.
The door has been left ajar by Manchester City’s capitulation at Anfield last Monday and both sides still have to face each other in what could effectively be another Champions League play-off.
There is plenty left to play for this season, and although Tottenham will be feeling disappointment about being dumped out in ruthless fashion, at least they don’t have to play Barcelona.
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