|OPPONENTS||Tromso IL (Norway)|
|DATE||Thursday 19th September 2013|
|VENUE||White Hart Lane|
The Norwegian side arrive at White Hart Lane in what must seem
tropical weather for them, coming from the Arctic Circle.
Tromso have lead a charmed life
in getting to the group stage. They entered the competition as Fair
Play winners, having finished fourth in the Norwegian Tippeligaen
and then they lost to Besiktas of Turkey in the qualifying round.
This is where their luck kicked in, as Besiktas were thrown out of
European football for their involvement in match fixing in the
Turkish League. So, with their poor form at home, especially
away from home, they might feel that their priorities are elsewhere.
They are not a side packed with household names, nor ones that are that pronounceable, so Josh Pritchard stands out. Firstly because of his name and secondly, as he is on loan there from Fulham's development team. Jaroslaw Fojut was once on Bolton Wanderer's books after being a promising player in Poland with Darzbor Szczecinek; now being used in defence, whereas once he was a midfielder.
They have a Czech player, one from Bosnia and Montenegro, another from Ghana, two Swedes, a German and a Finn. Collectively, they should not pose too much of a problem for Spurs, who really just need to win their home matches in the group to go through. This would allow the youngsters and fringe players to travel to far flung away games, thus preserving the first team squad for league matches back home in England.
I expect a few players to get a run out on Thursday night, with Lamela, Defoe, Naughton, Friedel and Kaboul amongst them, with a few first teamers thrown in and on the bench to ensure that the points are ours. Not a great attraction for the fans, but the team should be able to put on an impressive showing against a side who will no doubt come with damage limitation on their mind.
|PREDICTION||Tottenham Hotspur 4 Tromso IL 0|
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Tottenham go into this Group K match in the Europa League at home to Tromso IL without Nacer Chadli (adductor muscle), Aaron Lennon (foot), Etienne Capoue (ankle), Emmanuel Adebayor (match fitness) and Vlad Chiriches (no work permit).
|TROMSO IL TEAM NEWS :|
available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard
in these countries on these stations ...
3 (2) Tromso IL
Thursday 19th September 2013 Kick off 20:05
White Hart Lane
Johnsen (foul on Dembele) 60
Fojut (foul on Lamela) 70
|Crowd : 26,581||Weather : Mild, dry after earlier rain|
|Referee : Mr. L. Kovarik (Czech Republic)||Assistant Referees : Krystof Mencl; Patrik Filipek (Czech Republic)|
|Fourth Official : Antonin Kordula (Czech Republic)||Additional Assistants : Miroslav Zelinka; Petr Ardeleanu (Czech Republic)|
|Tromso kicked off and played towards the Paxton Road end in the first half.|
|Tottenham Hotspur :||kit||Tromso IL :||kit|
Mousa DEMBELE (23
Christian ERIKSEN 64
18 Jermain DEFOE
Thomas DRAGE (15
Magnus ANDERSEN 78)
13 Zdenek ONDRASEK
|Manager : Andre Villas-Boas||Manager : Agnar Christensen|
|Sponsor : AIA||Shirt sponsor : SpareBank 1|
|Kit Supplier : Under Armour||Kit Supplier : Legea|
Norwegian side Tromso came to
White Hart Lane fourth from the bottom of their league and with a
terrible away record, which was continued with this 0-3 defeat as
Spurs went top of Group K after one game. Though well
supported by a loyal hardcore following, there was little to cheer
for them other than every time Gylfi Sigurdsson slipped over
(although eh did this a number of times during the match).
Spurs were rarely threatened in the first half and went on to have the lion's share of possession, pulling the huffing and puffing Tromso players around, while creating chances, as Kaboul missed from a couple of yards out as Holtby's corner was missed by everyone at the near post and in the middle. But in the 29th minute, Defoe was on the spot again to convert Holtby's clever pass with a scuffed shot across the keeper from the left and it once more just had the legs to get to the net before anyone could reach it.
Shortly after the goal, Spurs lost Danny Rose to injury, perhaps sustained when he jumped over a strong challenge (one of many that they put in when they realised they were not likely to get much from the game) and went over on his ankle. Jan Vertonghen replaced the left back, which was probably something that AVB could have done without, as he was trying to nurse players through the next three games in six days. With the team clicking, there was some good passing football being played, with Holtby linking up with Defoe to set up Sigurdsson with a shot that curled a yard wide from outside the box.
A couple of minutes before the break, Tromso managed to get forward with Fulham loan midfielder Josh Pritchard breaking into the last Spurs third on the right, but his shot was hurried and went wide left as he shot from the edge of the area, pulling it well wide. Before the half-time whistle, Defoe had a shot that looked as if it was going in deflected wide and when Lewis Holtby found himself in a shooting position, he couldn't keep it down.
It was nice to see Erik "The Viking" Thorstvedt back at the Lane as the half-time interviewee. Just like David Ginola, Erik knew how to play the crowd and by the end of his time at the microphone, he had both sets of fans applauding him !!
The second half began with Spurs continuing to go forward and Sandro had a shot blocked in the box and Holtby shot wide, before Tromso had an attacking spell, without causing any real danger. Mousa Dembele hit a shot too high before Christian Eriksen came on for him, being the victim of a bad tackle that saw Johansen booked and the Belgian carried off on a stretcher. Losing a second player injured was definitely not in Villas-Boas' plans, after his comments leading up to the match about players not being given recovery time between matches.
As it was, the change helped Tottenham play the ball around even more, although Tromso did have their second shot of the game on 64 minutes, but once more Pritchard let the occasion get to him and he thrashed a shot that flew way over the top. Spurs kept going forward, but with little more effort, but creating a headed chance for Sandro with twenty minutes to go, but with the ball slightly behind him, he couldn't generate any power on the effort on goal.
While moves at each end brought crosses and corners, there was little to worry the keepers until three minutes before the end. Kyle Naughton moved up on the right wing and played the ball to Eriksen, who took a touch on the right hand corner of the box and smashed a dipping swerving shot that flew past the keeper into his top right hand corner of the net to make it 3-0. It was marvellous goal ... almost Bale like in it's execution, but this was Eriksen's alone. Hopefully, it will be the first of many more.
Meanwhile at the other end, Younes Kaboul limped off and AVB was going mad trying to get the players into a new line-up, with Naughton going to left back and Sandro dropping further back. As it was, he needn't have worried as the final few minutes failed to stir anything worth concerning wither side and the whistle went, sparking a rush from the Tromso players to get a Spurs shirt, as the Tottenham players might be less willing to remove them after the return game in the Arctic Circle.
A professional job, well done again and one that puts Spurs out in front in the group, with Anzhi and Sheriff drawing 0-0, which bodes well for the remaining group matches.
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