I was lucky enough to obtain a ticket for the Europa League last 16 first leg between Tottenham and Inter Milan. I expected to see an enthralling contest between two of the best teams in Europe.
To borrow an old cliché, it was a game of two halves, both of which were dominated by Tottenham.
I was probably the only person in the Spurs end who was disappointed that the real Inter failed to show up at any point during the game.
Myself and the travelling Nerazzurri fans were waiting and waiting, but barring a flunked chance each from Ricky Alvarez and Rodrigo Palacio, Inter did not threaten the dominant hosts.
In the other corner, Andre Villas Boas’ men were superb, passing and moving with a swagger that comes with being in such good form, and their three goals were marvellous in their simplicity.
Gareth Bale was at his devastating best, and there was a somewhat more surprising performance in Gylfi Sigurdsson, who began to show why Tottenham were so eager to bring him in from Hoffenheim in the summer.
However, it is merely half-time in this tie, and a club with the history and pedigree of Inter Milan will not give it up without a fight.
Andrea Stramaccioni’s men have shown at times this season that they can compete with the best of them, earning a famous win at Juventus to end an unbeaten run that the Old Lady had enjoyed for well over a year.
It must also be remembered that a certain Mr Bale is suspended, and so if you think that the Italian side can win on the night then you can back them at the very tempting odds of 13/10. Feeling very optimistic? They are 18/1 to turn the tie around and qualify for the quarter-finals.
However, on current form it is difficult to see how they can challenge a Tottenham side that has been motoring in the Premier League recently. Inter followed up their White Hart Lane humbling by being beaten 1-0 at home to Bologna on Sunday.
Spurs have only lost one of last six away games in Premier League, and have the joint-second best away record in the English top flight along with Manchester City.
However, their twelve-match unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Liverpool in a five-goal thriller at Anfield on Sunday.
The likes of Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe will have to cut out the glaring errors that cost them in that game, with the likes of Palacio and Antonio Cassano sure to be hot on their trail at San Siro.
There are two questions to bear in mind when trying to anticipate how likely Tottenham are to win. First, how will they cope without Bale? And second, will they feel the need to win on the night given their comfortable lead?
Bale has of course been the driving force behind Tottenham’s incredible run of late, scoring the majority of their goals, and even assisting two more on Sunday.
Villas-Boas will look to the likes of Defoe, Sigurdsson, the hero of Lyon Mousa Dembele and their goalscoring centre back Jan Vertonghen for inspiration, and will fancy adding a win at San Siro to his increasingly impressive CV. You can back an away win at a price of 39/20.
Whatever happens, Spurs will not be happy with losing two in a row, and so may settle for a draw if Inter apply more pressure then they did last Thursday.
Inter do not generally draw games, but four of their five stalemates in the league this season have come on home soil, while the London outfit have drawn all four of their away games in the Europa League in this campaign.
That makes the 12/5 on offer that the second leg ends all square rather tempting, especially if Inter are no nearer making inroads after around 70 minutes, at which point they will be likely to conserve energy for their upcoming league matches.
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