What a way to begin our Europa League campaign! Tottenham managed to smash a stunning 5 goals past a weak Dinamo Tbilisi side in their Europa League Play-off game in Georgia.
Spurs made sure that next week’s fixture (just days before our North London Derby) is as pain free as possible. The game began with a mixture of defending and attacking. AVB’s side poached the goal a few times but struggled to feed the ball through to the increasingly frustrated Roberto Soldado.
The lucky break came on the twelfth minute of time. Andros Townsend picked up the loose ball within the Tottenham half after successfully clearing the corner and ran the length of the pitch to fire an effort just inside the area, into the far corner to gift us a 1-0 lead. The boys celebrated emphatically after a frustrating period with a shot. We named Townsend as a scorer in our match preview.
The second came on the stroke of Half-time. With around a minute remaining, Andros Townsend found himself in space on the left wing and chipped a perfect ball into Brazilian recruit Paulinho whom headed home on his Tottenham European debut. Despite the successful result at half time, there were still some tweaks to be made. Gylfi Sigurdsson suffered a terrible first half finding he was constantly dispossessed and unable to make a successful pass. AVB surely had some words at half time.
The scoring however continued on the 58th minute. Andros Townsend (whom was enjoying a phenomenal game) blazed past a defender on the right wing and picked out our new £26million man Roberto Soldado in the area whom slotted home his third Tottenham goal in three games. The fourth goal of the night was to come from an unlikely source. Dynamic left-back Danny Rose (famous for his stunning debut effort against Arsenal) scored an outstanding effort from the edge of the area in which he curled a Nacer Chadli pass into the net and over the keeper. This goal sparked celebrations from the Spurs bench as Rose had been particularly potent for the whole game.
Soldado secured his brace just 9 minutes later to round off the 5-0 Tottenham win. Nacer Chadli secured his second assist of the night when he spotted Roberto making a run into the centre and fired a ball across the area for the Spaniard to fire home. From moments where it looked like he would never score, the former Valencia man added two goals to his potential long list of Lilywhites strikes.
The game began to teeter out however youngster Harry Kane (whom had been very successful in recent Under-21 games) hit the post after his appearance from the bench attaching to another Chadli cross.
I was very pleased with the result. Most Tottenham fans were surprised to see such a strong side when the team was released however not only will this make the return fixture more comfortable but allow the new Tottenham boys to gel together after only really playing two games together previously. Hat-tip to Etienne Capoue whom was superb on his full debut. He showed glimpses of Sandro at times and performed some truly stunning challenges. Paulinho also impressed with some great passing movements.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest Match Review and look forward to seeing you on Saturday again for our preview for our Premier League fixture against Swansea (whom are also in Europa League action tonight.) Many thanks to tonight’s goalscorer Roberto Soldado whom followed me on twitter this week. Yiddo!