Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

Milan 0-1 Tottenham: classic away European performance from Spurs

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“Tottenham kept it solid at the back, and won the game with a lightning quick break in the closing stages.
Max Allegri chose to use Thiago Silva in midfield, which meant Mario Yepes came in at the back. Clarence Seedorf was the trequartista, and Pato was left out. Harry Redknapp couldn’t use Luka Modric from the start, so Sandro played in the centre of midfield. Niko Kranjcar was left out despite two goals in two games, with Steven Pienaar preferred. Slightly surprisingly, Spurs dominated the start of the game. They had more possession and played most of the opening period in Milan’s half.” Zonal Marking

Match of the Week: Milan 0-1 Tottenham
“Perhaps this what they mean when they speak of the importance of qualifying for the Champions League. Milan away, in the last sixteen of what is, for better or for worse, Europe’s premier club competition. The San Siro excels in evenings of high drama – it could even be argued that it is architecturally theatrical – and there are few clubs on the whole continent as experienced in this particularly rarefied air as Milan. Yet tonight, Tottenham Hotpur, for five full decades the bridesmaids of London football, never mind English or European football, gate-crashed the party and came away with a win that ranks alongside the cream of anything that they have managed during their years in the relative wilderness.” twohundredpercent

AC Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Video Highlights, Recap, and Match Stats – Champions League
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Sturridge back-heel proves football is a game of fine margins

“Anyone who has watched Match of the Day over the past three weeks will know that Daniel Sturridge has enjoyed a fine start to his loan spell at Bolton. Having failed to score a single league goal for Chelsea in the first half of the season, he has now found the net three times in three games. He was on target in the 2-0 defeat of Everton on Sunday, but in the second half of the game he came close to pulling off something truly remarkable.” Football Further

Arsenal v Barcelona: tactical preview

“The previous tie between these two sides was a classic. One of the best games of last year, it was fascinating technically, aesthetically and tactically – this meeting offers Arsenal a chance to demonstrate that they’ve learned their lessons from the 6-3 aggregate defeat. There will be significant personnel changes from last year – injury and suspension meant that neither side played anything like their first-choice XI in the second leg, when Lionel Messi ran riot with one of his finest performances in a Barcelona shirt. Robin van Persie, Jack Wilshere, David Villa and Andres Iniesta didn’t play a part in last year’s tie but all will be key here, whilst four of Arsenal’s back five will be different from the game at the Emirates.” Zonal Marking