Spurs feel at home in Champions League
Considering it was their first home game in the European Cup for 40 years, Spurs made it look incredibly easy at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.vian34.ru
FC Twente, the Champions of Holland, were dismantled as Harry Redknapp´s men romped to a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Rafael Van Der Vaart, Gareth Bale and two from Roman Pavlyuchenko.
The result leaves them lying second in Group A on goal difference behind Inter who hammered Werder Bremen 4-0.
The result means they can go into the Inter game knowing they don’t have to win in order to keep qualification hopes alive. Of course three points would be welcome, but the two games against the Italian champions and current Champions League holders will be their stiffest test yet.
But even if they lose both games they know Bremen, a side they drew with in Germany two weeks ago, and Twente are beatable opposition. A repeat of their performance of Wednesday against both of those teams and qualification for the knock-out stages will be likely. The Champions League betting suggests they have every chance of making it through.
Extending their Champions League adventure into the new year will not only prove beneficial for the players, who will get to test themselves against even better opposition, many believe the Champions League only really gets going after Christmas, but the prize money starts to escalate. They won’t be anyone’s football tip to win the competition, but they have every chance of doing well.
A run in the groups will only increase Spurs´revenue by around 10 per cent, not to mega riches many people assume Champions League qualification brings. But a run into the knock out stages and beyond could net in excess of £25 million.
Given the way Spurs have taken to their group games, that golden ticket is well within their grasp.