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Champions League Group A

August 29, 2010

On first sight, I didn’t really like the draw Spurs got. I was going through the draw live while chatting on ESPN Soccernet’s live chat and prior to our name being drawn out, I was hoping for Group B. However, having been drawn in Group A with defending champions Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and FC Twente, here is my view on how things are not as bad as they seem.

Inter Milan : If this was a season ago, I would hate to be facing Inter Milan. However, now that Rafa Benitez is at the helm, he who knows how to screw up a good job will be at his utmost best at confusing the Inter players. Some people may say that I am looking down on Inter, who have kept the same players that won them the trophy, but I dare those same people to say they’d prefer to face an Inter Milan led by Jose Mourinho vs one led by Rafa Benitez. I rest my case.

Werder Bremen : The most obvious factor is that this is a Bremen team that for 2 years running, have had to deal with their most creative player leaving. First it was Diego, and now Ozil has left for aforemention Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid. Whether they’ll have another gem in Wesley or Marko Arnautovic (who will be reunited with FC Twente) remains to be seen, but at this stage, I am not overly concerned by their 2nd rank within the group.

FC Twente : During the live draw, I was praying we didn’t have to travel far away as this is where alot of the teams from Ukraine or Romania are potted. Well I got my wish, and while it would have been nice to see the Brolly again, his former team of champions are not exactly the ideal draw. Its rare to see the Dutch champions placed in Pot 4 of the CL draw, and this represents probably the trickiest tie of the lot. As long as we don’t mess about like we did against Young Boys, I’m quietly confident of progress from the group into the knockout stages.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2010 4:04 pm

    I watched the Inter-Athletico Super Cup game, the Italian side looked well below their normal level, and if benitez does not produce good results, he could be sacked earlier than intended, as this is Italy, not England :)

    • August 30, 2010 6:01 pm

      you knw i totally forgot its the Serie A benitez is in! they pull d trigger faster than the EPL! and to think benitez used the “its not enough time to build my own team” excuse well into his 2nd season at Liverpool.

      There’s a good chance he won’t even be their coach come the 3rd and 4th round of CL matches!

  2. August 30, 2010 6:44 pm

    This pic of Ozil holding up his jersey looks like he is a fashion designer in Paris! Very metro!!

  3. George permalink
    September 3, 2010 8:58 pm

    Spurs were always going to get a tough draw. Whilst I see your point, I don’t agree that this group will be ‘easier’ than it could have been.

    Inter Milan are still Inter Milan, and Rafael Benitez is still a top European manager. Does one bad season make a manager useless? Having won the Champions League and finished runners up on one occasion with Liverpool, I’d say that a Benitez team is still going to be very strong. As for Werder Bremen, losing Ozil is a big factor but they still have some quality throughout their team. Marko Marin is a bright talent, as is Aaron Hunt. They have experience with Per Mertesacker, Clemens Fritz and Mikael Silvestre, and they have some dangerous attacking prowess in the form of Hugo Almeida and Claudio Pizarro, who despite being a flop at Stamford Bridge is a proven marksman in German football.

    I wouldn’t be too worried about FC Twente but they’re not to be underestimated. I think the main thing Spurs have in their favour is the fact that they are new boys. None of their opponents will have faced them before, with the exception of Benitez who doesn’t have a great record against ‘arry’s boys. The Spurs players will be 100% up for it and adrenaline will play a big part, as will the White Hart Lane fans. Champions League football at the Lane against teams like Inter Milan is what the supporters have been drooling over – they’re definitely going to play a massive role as the proverbial ’12th man’.

  4. George permalink
    September 3, 2010 8:58 pm

  5. September 6, 2010 12:56 pm

    Coming from a United fan, i would like to wish the Spurs goodluck in the Champions League and for once, i really do hope you do well. It would be nice to have you lot as the first team in London to win it and not Le Arse or Chavski.

    Once more, Good Luck and as you say … Come on You Spurs

    Cheers MoE United

    PS thanks for kicking Citeh out of the CL

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