Other fans may disagree, but Tottenham’s game against Inter Milan is the tie of the group stage in this year’s Champions League. The current holders host Spurs at the San Siro on Wednesday night.
The tie is being shown in a primetime slot on ITV1 and will receive plenty of coverage across Europe and the world. The game presents a massive chance for the club from north London to put itself firmly on the European map.
This season may represent Tottenham’s first foray into the Champions League but every match has provided great entertainment. From the topsy-turvy first leg against Young Boys, through to the incident filled game against Twente, Harry Redknapp’s men have entertained the football neutral, never mind the Spurs faithful.
Having secured four points in their previous two Champions League games, a further point from the away game against the Nerazzurri would be a massive achievement and represent a large step towards the next round of the competition. A win might be beyond the Lilywhites, but do not expect them simply to sit back.
With Inter joint second, two points off Lazio at the top of Serie A, they are a side in fine form. Their last Champions League outing saw them thump Werder Bremen 4-0. They have quality in abundance, and have the prolific Samuel Eto’o in attack. They are top seeds for a reason.
Spurs, on the other hand, have secured back to back wins in the Premiership for the first time this season. They have only kept clean sheets twice in all competitions this season. Redknapp’s 4-5-1 system is one of the most attacking in modern football.
With Bale and Lennon providing width and pace on the wings and Modric providing the link between midfield and attack in the absence of the suspended Rafael van der Vaart, there is plenty of forward thrust as Spurs showed away in Bremen on match day one.
Sitting a little deeper will be Tom Huddlestone, the winning goal scoring on Saturday, and Jermaine Jenas, two players that are more known for their ability to initialise and participate in attacks, rather than forming the basis of a defensive shield.
That is not to say Spurs cannot spring a surprise. Treble winners Inter were held to a 2-2 draw against Twente on match day one, and will be missing a couple of key players in Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Millito.
If Spurs can return to England with a point or more in the bag then it will make the rest of Europe sit up and take notice. If they cannot, they may at least raise a few eyebrows with the attractive nature of their play against the current European champions.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.