On Thursday night, in their Europa League qualifier against Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi, Tottenham Hotspur ran out extremely convincing winners on a scoreline of 5-0.
If ever Tottenham’s ability was in question against an opponent of this quality, it didn’t last long as the English club blew away Dušan Uhrin Jr.’s men from quite early on.
Granted, their opponents are certainly not the most formidable they’ve ever faced, but Andre Villa-Boas’ men can only play what’s in front of them, and they certainly did that as they fired in a glut of goals.
In truth, their performance was as much a signal of intent to their domestic and European rivals as it was an effort to ensure the first leg victory. There was times when Spurs could have sat back and and held on to possession by simply spraying the ball around the park, but they actively sought to create chances and goals. It was refreshing to see for such an early stage in the competition.
Their first goal arrived in the first half through Andros Townsend who broke on the counter attack to run close to 60 yeards before shooting from distance past the helpless Tbilisi ‘keeper. It was a match-influencing trend that he would continue for the remainder of the contest as he put in a man of the match display.
He was influential only minutes later in setting up new man Paulinho for a simple header as he jinked and dazzled his way down the right flank before sending in a nice cross for the Brazil international to finish.
If Spurs were convincing in the first half, they really dominated in the second as they fired in three more goal to give their opponents absolutely no way of return. Soldado completed a brace as well as netting his second and third goal in a Tottenham jersey, and Danny Rose rifled in an excellent left-footed shot from around 30 yards out to put the tie beyond doubt.
Andre Villa-Boas will have been happy with how well his new signing have started to adapt to footballing life in England as well as being happy with how nicely they’ve started to gel as a unit. And what’s more, the London club got the impressive result all without the help of Real Madrid target Gareth Bale.
With more signings reported to be coming in, such as Brazil playmaker Willian, it’s likely that Spurs are set to be a force to be reckoned with this season. The White Hart Lane faithful will be hoping that more displays like this are the order of the day for them, but in truth they won’t always have it so easy.
Nonetheless a win is a win, and regular competitive action for them in both Europe and domestically is sure to be a great experience, and a great asset, for a club like Spurs who hold lofty Champions League ambitions.
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