AVB’s European revolution started off with a home draw against Lazio as both sides failed to find the net. However, with a performance which showed sheer control and dominance, things are looking up for Andre Villas-Boas.
Tottenham had 3 goals disallowed by the officials, despite two of them showing that the goals should have counted. As well as this, Lazio failed to register one goal on target throughout the game.
Furthermore, there have been reports suggesting that the Lazio fans racially abused Spurs players, Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend and has since led to UEFA investigating the claims.
Even though the fixture should have seen Tottenham comfortably take the three points, it is obvious that despite failing to tally up the goals for the scoreboard, the performance was extremely comforting when reflecting back on previous home games such as Norwich and West Brom.
Whilst two Tottenham goals were ruled out, the game saw Lazio failing to keep hold of Aaron Lennon and Clint Dempsey who controlled the game along with Mousa Dembele.
However, Clint Dempsey looked very effective on the pitch and moved the ball around well. This combined with former Fulham team-mate Mousa Dembele helped to create an extremely dominating ball game in midfield.
The speed of Lennon and Bale made it hard for the opposition to reclaim the ball, shown by the other time picking up 4 yellow cards.
Lloris made a big impact on his debut despite not having to be put under pressure. He did what was needed by helping out the defence and unlike Brad Friedel, his long balls to midfield found their destination with Spurs still retaining possession.
The defence were solid and looked very impressive. Vertonghen’s composure and experience helped to nurture Steven Caulker and Kyle Naughton who impressed immensely by their tackling and passing up the field being exemplary.
Even though the game failed to materialise into three points for AVB, Spurs fans can be rest assured that it will only be a matter of time before the goals start to find their way into the opposition’s net – especially considering that Emmanuel Adebayor is still yet to start for the London club.