Dinamo Tbilisi 0 Tottenham 5
Well that was a little too easy wasn't it?
5-0 away from home, the tie done and dusted. Andre Villas-Boas able to rest players in the return leg with the North London Derby in mind (what with Arsenal having that extra days rest). Pretty much the perfect game and perfect result.
Confident free flowing performance. Defended when asked to. Lloris superb when required to protect his goal. Kaboul playing ninety minutes of football. Nice run out for the new players, getting to know each other. As much as you can do on a training pitch in preparation, these early games almost give us a better understanding thanks to the competitive nature (as opposed to pre-season).
We turned up with a strong side and killed the tie with thoroughly clinical away day swagger.
Andros Townsend with a superb run out, scoring after 12 minutes and then assisting twice to stake a claim for more than just someone to cover (injured) Lennon. Townsend with a zip in his play, a wonderful fearless enthusiasm to attack with pace and beat his man. Don't go discounting Lennon just yet. Although he doesn't treat us to that explosive burst of acceleration as much as he did once upon a time, he offers so much more as a team player (his defensive work ethic is something that tends to get ignored due to the expectancy of his offensive work).
It's a good thing for Spurs to have an experienced player and one with the world at his feet. Options. Don't worry, I'm not getting carried away here. Dinamo Tbilisi did not have the quality to give us concern. Townsend does need the game time. If he plays like this in the league, then he'll get plenty.
Soldado with a brace. That's three goals in two games. Brilliant start, exactly what was required. We all know the pressure a striker can find himself under if he takes a few games to find the net. Excellent (be it easy) finishes from him. Lovely strike by Danny Rose. He doesn't score boring ones, the show off. Paulinho also attacking the pen box to nod one in. He looked solid again.
Naughton doing well covering for Walker at right back. Dembele quiet, but then all eyes remain on the very impressive Capoue. Majestic strength, good intelligent forward passing. Here's everyone talking about him being cover when he looks more than comfortable holding his own and claiming a first team place. Imperative considering how detrimental an injury would be to say Sandro (again) if that was to happen. We need the depth, we appear to have it.
Again, it's just two games and both against inferior opposition. But Spurs needed a good result and they got it without breaking a sweat. 5-0, could have been six had Harry Kane's (on as a sub) effort not struck the woodwork.
Two wins, two clean sheets. Six goals. At home next against Swansea.
Good work. Good selection from AVB, with a mixture of first team and youth - without sacrificing the game or the standard of our win.