I love me some Champions League football. I’m not just saying that because Inter are the holders, I unlike many nerazzuri fans have always loved this tournament despite our historic failings at this stage. There is something about this tournament that truly excites me. The fact that the best clubs in the world grouped together giving us an excellent spectacle even if we aren’t playing in it is good enough. Now thanks to last season and this current squad we can walk around with a bit of swagger.
I have looked forward to this match up for since the moment the match-up was announced not because Spurs are giants of the game (although they are steadily improving) but because for some strange reason a few of my friends are big fans of the club. Tottenham is definitely on the rise and have some exciting players to watch, some of which could play for any of the European élite. This is their first marquee game in Europe in a very long time and I would like to see how they handle it.
Eto’o vs. Any Able Bodied Defender
Had they had Ledley King or Michael Dawson then I would have given them a very good chance in this battle. However, with Eto’o's form these days and the make shift combination they will put out there this might get ugly. As long as Samu gets proper enough service he will be terrorizing them all evening.
Gareth Bale vs. Maicon
This is something to watch all game. Maicon is the best right back in the world and Bale is turning into one of the top left-sided players. To make this more challenging Spurs will be playing Assou-Ekotto behind Bale to basically double team Maicon so whoever Inter plays there has to stay high up the pitch to force them to stay back. If it’s Pandev then they will worry about us going forward and will have to stay honest.
There will be plenty of other story lines to watch; Crouch looking for revenge against Rafa, Keane against a team that had him for six months. Also I hope Sneijder gets back into last seasons form and dominates this game. Should be a good one.