It was bottom against second from bottom in Group G with Tottenham
having lost their last match 2-1 to Getafe
in Martin Jol’s
last game in charge. Israeli
side Hapoel Tel-Aviv
proved little competition for Spurs
as they lost 2-0 allowing Tottenham
into second place and Tel-Aviv
new manager Juande Ramos
to victory in the last two UEFA Cups
saw victory with goals from Robbie Keane
and Dimitar Berbatov
was impressed with the improved display from his players:"I was impressed with the performance, although we did not play at our best, and I was also thinking about the Wigan match. I saw the team grow in confidence and I am confident about Sunday's match.”Hapoel
were reduced to 10 men when Gal Shish
was booked for a second time and provided little resistance from there.
In truth, Tottenham
should have scored more goals but the result was satisfactory all things considered. Ramos
has been doing a reasonable job thus far and has started to stabilize the team. Tactically they are starting to play better, and goals are starting to emerge. Now if only Berbatov’s
moodiness can be solved, we have a winning side here.
Honestly though, Berbatov
is probably going to leave after this season. He’s a self centered player, a great player, but not too interested in Spurs
. It’s a shame on many levels, but he’ll force a move in the summer, mark my words. Otherwise, Tottenham
still have a host of quality players and plenty of potential. Now they have a manager with something to prove.Hapoel
lie bottom of their domestic league and you could see why, they gave the ball away as often as they completed a pass. Eventually their carelessness did them in, Robbie Keane
was fed by Malbranque
down the left side and scored from 12 yards. Malbranque
was again at the center of the action as he skinned the defender, crossed for Berbatov
for the easiest of finishes.
The only negative point is that Spurs
should have gone for the bigger result. They were so superior and a big result would have done a lot for the sides confidence.
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