Watching the game on BT Sport was painful – even at 3-1 with 20 minutes to go the commentary team had foreseen a scenario whereby the opposition who hadn’t scored since the 11th minute were close to scoring 3 and winning the game.
Beyond that niggle last night was a ridiculous pleasure, one where we witnessed the most comprehensive Tottenham performance in a decade.
Spurs looked every inch a Champions League grade side, playing with a focused intensity that was too much, even for seasoned operator like Borussia Dortmund.
Poch lined up the team perfectly and we need to bin the notion of using a 4 at the back at Wembley. A brief drop of boring sanity here. The situation with the pitch size at that hell hole is that the extra 500m² ends up being in the middle of the park.
Playing a 3 gives us that 5 I was talking about a couple of weeks ago. This makes us heavier where it counts. Last night even though Mousa was frequently left a bit dazed and confused, he didn’t have to rest all his hopes on Dier and instead Aurier, Alderwiereld and to a lesser extent Sanchez swept as they cleaned.
This is the protest I’ve felt about Spurs in a decade. We had a mental and physical strength that was an unmitigated joy to behold.
I’ve rarely been as angry with Spurs when we are beamed around the globe throwing games and looking like substandard chancers making the numbers up. Last night Tottenham looked like a team to beat if you’ve serious thoughts of winning this particular pot.