Many fans have heard the saying “there are no easy games in the Champions League”, but now one more set of fans know that it is true. Tottenham Hotspur fans have joined that list that but they
aren’t going to be so happy about it as the First Leg to get into the Champions League proper didn’t go as planned or as hoped as they lost to Young Boys 3-2. But at least Harry Redknapp is keeping confident in the tie when in the post match interview he called the 3-2 loss to young boys “great defeat if there is such a thing”
The first half started with the assumption of the win, but a fortunate early goal soon made spurs fans panic, and soon it was two. And by the time the third went in after 28 minutes all hope was going too. But Harry Redknapp saw a change was needed and brought on Huddlestone who hurried the midfield, chasing down players putting them under pressure, winning balls and moving the game along to Tottenham’s favour. And as the first half started to end things started to look up for Tottenham and then with the headed goal by Bassong Tottenham then didn’t want the half to finish.
At half-time Modric came off with a groin injury and was replaced by Kranjcar and played well as Tottenham carried on in the same fashion in the second half as they had ended the first. But soon lost Defoe to a groin injury also and was replaced by Robbie Keane. But young boys had the chances to make it 4 or 5-1 before Pavyluchenko made it 3-2 with a stunning strike.
Redknapp tried to play down the pitch as a problem but did admit that he was worried about his players mentality as some had complained about it during the warm up the day before and he concedes that may have played a part in their performance in the first half
The Second Leg is at White Hart Lane next Wednesday and Spurs fans will be hoping they can get the 1-0 victory they need, but one thing is for sure, they are not going to be as confident of the win as they were before the kick off and now understand how difficult the Champions League is, no matter who you are drawn up against,