Thursday, November 02, 2006

UEFA Cup: Club Brugge Preview

So who are our opponents tonight? Club Brugge or FC Bruges are the only Belgian club to reach the final of the European Cup, losing to Liverpool in 1978 at Wembley (bit unfair that!). Spurs have met them once before in this competition when a 3-0 victory at the Lane took us, the holders, through 4-2 on aggregate in the 1984/85 campaign. They have never won in England apparently. They have not lost in more than two months, are third in their league and spanked Mouscron 5-1 over the weekend. In midfield they have one Jonathan Blondel who was signed for Spurs by David Pleat as the “blonde Enzo Schifo”, and looked good, albeit lightweight, in a couple of League Cup games under Pleat’s stewardship. Hoddle had previously refused to play the boy, and he eventually got home sick and went home, obviously.

Spurs have the usual injury worries of course, but may welcome back Didier Zokora which would be a boost. There are rumours going around of BMJ resting a few players tonight, but as long as the back 5 stays more or less intact it shouldn’t matter terribly. Whilst we have cover for every position these days, its only in midfield and up front where that cover is actually any good. The thought of Stalteri’s furrowed brow trundling up and down the flank tonight is not a pleasant thought.

Really this is the game Spurs should look to win, as passage to the next round would be all but secure already, but with Chelsea looming on Sunday perhaps it would be wise to keep one or two players fresh. Even with a little rotation Spurs should be too much for our opponents who seem to have based all their scouting on the Watford game, and our a rather confident apparently. Time for a Besiktas level of performance and a few goals would go down a treat too.

Come On You Spurs!

The Waddler.