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Tromso v Tottenham Review

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Eddie S

As always AVB picked a very good team to take on Tromso in very difficult conditions, freezing temperatures, falling snow and an artificial surface, they also faced a team desperate to impress their supporters who had seen them relegated from the top flight of their domestic league in what was the final home fixture of the season.
Apart from a scare inside the first minute this was in all honesty a comfortable night and a decent performance in the circumstances, the likes of Friedel, Capoue, Chadli, Chiriches and Fryers all managed to get some much needed playing time.
One or two of the players did struggle a little on the surface but eventually came to terms with the situation and all had some good moments. Many of us were keen to see if chances could be constructed for Soldado but he was really only presented with scraps again although he kept making his runs, the team did try with some success to feed Soldado into the channels.
Moussa Dembele seemed to have been given a more advanced role and he particularly good on the night, a fine finish for his goal and he was unlucky not to make it a double hitting the post soon after. Nacer Chadli was his partner in the centre and he too was presented with a few goalscoring opportunities, whilst he was wasteful just being in the position to have the chance and the creation must be encouraging.
Media reaction has been a little odd as most have tended to put the spin on it that Tottenham struggled to a win and yet 70% possession and almost total control suggests a job well done, Tottenham had already qualified from the group, the conditions were terrible and they were away from home, there was absolutely no need to go through many gears and it was a decent professional performance. Arsenal had only recently had a 2-0 home win at home over the whipping boys of Marseille, that was described as comfortable and Chelsea’s defeat at Basel somehow wasn’t described as the disaster that it was, probably because the other result went their way and their progress to the knockouts confirmed.
Some of the reaction from Tottenham supporters described the performance as boring, a totally unfair reflection in my view as the job was done and it was simply a case of going through the motions and getting the job done.
When I think back to our last two efforts in this competition I think of plenty of indifferent performances and average results but now despite huge changes in personnel from game to game AVB has led the team to seven wins from seven in European competition.
Game six will almost certainly see some of the youngsters given their opportunity to impress the home support.


3 to “Tromso v Tottenham Review”

  1. Boobaspur says:

    The media say we struggled did they? Had we struggled to that point to win 4 from 4 and almost guarantee our top spot pre-kick off.

    Struggled to achieve now 5 wins from 5 in this competition and maintain a 100% win rate along with only 1 other team out of 48 in this seasons competition.

    2-0 which so very easily could have been 4-0 giving the result a more healthy glow.

    Gylfi was unlucky drilling a low hard shot just wide of the post and Mousa hitting the inside of the post after scoring just moments before.

    A particular joy to see was the skill and determination to beat his man, shown by Roberto Soldado – with his back to the defender, on the end-line inside Tromso’s penalty box, in one swift move flick the ball around one side of his marker and in the same moment turn and run around the opposite side of the defender.

    Unfortunately this sublime move didn’t come to anything, but is further proof of Roberto’s ability.

    The job is done and we can experiment a little if required in our final home game. We have not struggled to top the group giving us home advantage for the second leg of the next round and the fans on what looked like a bitterly cold night did not struggle to be heard in good numbers.

    5 wins out of 5 does not indicate any notion of a struggle in my estimation.

    Come on you Spurs!

  2. Jeremy says:

    It was good to see Nacer Chadli back in action and a relief to see Zeki Fryers getting some game time. Vertonghen seems grumpy playing left back and i hope the youngster would take this opportunity to make that spot his! Soldado’s flick was pure class and anyone saying he isnt a world class striker is out of their minds. Every match is a chance for these players to get to know each other and understand how their team mates move. This match was unnecessary but its wonderful for them to put in a proper shift and get a win. I love this team and the only thing im afraid of is how all the other teams are gonna get killed once we kicked into high gear COYS!

    • Tony says:

      Wholeheartedly agree and I also believe that once Danny Rose returns because of the teams style he will produce what is needed on the left that we have missed since his injury. soldado is the real deal he always takes up dangerous positions and the time will come when it all clicks into place.

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