CL Playoffs Leg 2: Tottenham Hotspur Defeats Young Boys

Tottenham Hotspur beat Young Boys Bern at White Hart Lane in their play-off qualifier and joined the big leagues of the Champions League group stage to the delight of manager Harry Redknapp and their fervant fans.

Tottenham Hotspur came into their crucial Champions League qualifying match against Young Boys on Wednesday evening under fire from the press. who criticized the Spurs for inexperience and complacency as reasons for their previous 3-2 loss to Young Boys in Bern last Tuesday.

Young Boys dismantled Tottenham in just 45 minutes.

In last nights game, two headers and a penalty from Peter Crouch plus a left foot hot shot from Jermain Defoe powered the Spurs to a 4-0 victory.

Score at 4 minutes, 1-0.

Spurs got their second in the 32nd minute.

Tottenham stole possession. Jermain Defoe got the ball in off the post with his left foot from 18 yards out.

2-0 Spurs.

In the second half Gomes signalled to the bench for a substitution. Carlo Cudicini replaced him making his first appearance since a serious motorcycle accident back in November that almost robbed him of his career.

From that moment on though, Tottenham looked untouchable. Crouch struck once more.

3-0, and White Hart Lane became a disco with thousands of North Londoners now dancing in the stands.

Crouch stepped up and hit the ball into the bottom corner, holding three fingers up to a delighted crowd.

4-0, game over.

Tottenham had a strong, professional performance after two shaky showings in a row. Goalscorer Jermain Defoe will have the groin surgery that was previously scheduled, but Luka Modric will not return on Saturday due to injury.

Coming into the game, Spurs Manager, Harry Redknapp commented about their previous loss to Young Boys:

”It will be a difficult game but we’ve given ourselves a great chance with the two goals – they kept us in the tie,” Redknapp said. “At 3-0 it looked like it was good night. They were very good in the first 30 minutes and you could see 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 coming. We did well to get a goal back before half-time – that gave us a big lift. In the second half we had much more control. But they are dangerous on the break – they went to Fenerbahçe and won 1-0 so they are dangerous opposition.”

The former West Ham and Portsmouth boss has urged his players to force an early assault on the Young Boys goal:

“It’s important we get after them early and set them back – we’ve got to swarm all over them from the start. We have to start with intensity, close them down and put them under real pressure. We have players who can cut open any defence and I think we’ll win tomorrow – but it won’t be easy. If we play as we can, we can beat anyone at White Hart Lane.”

The Spurs face Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday.

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