Tottenham completely outplayed Inter Milan in the Champions League, with the defending Champions looking quite ordinary and Gareth Bale proved he can be regarded as one of the best on the planet on current form.
Bale was the hero, turning in a magnificent display, tearing apart Maicon and the Inter defence on numerous occasions with his blistering pace and complete confidence.
The first chance fell to Eto’o on the 7th minute, skipping past Kaboul and then letting fly a fierce shot which shaved the post. Minutes later the Cameroonian received a ball in the box but his touch let him down and Spurs keeper Cudicini gathered.
By the 15th minute Bale had already beaten Maicon about 20 times and the Spurs defence were limiting the Inter attack to shots outside of the box, with Sneijder in particular guilty of being too shot-happy.
The opening goal came in the 18th minute, Modric fainting past the terrible Muntari, and poking a perfect ball through to Van der Vaart when most would have taken a shot. The Dutch maestro then calmly finished past Castellazzi.
Moments later, Bale again beat his man, delivering a perfect cross which Crouch volleyed wide, when he should have really done better.
The game was going from end-to-end yet Inter were still taking chances from well outside, while Spurs looked like adding more goals whenever they went forward, especially on the left wing with Bale.
Sneijder had a free kick saved for a corner by Cudicini just before half-time yet really the game was in Tottenham’s hands.
Muntari looked awful, and Huddlestone was having a much better game than in the previous fixture, while Modric was comfortably controlling play in the midfield.
Van der Vaart didn’t return after the break, with Jenas his replacement as Spurs started where they left off after a quiet first five minutes.
A Crouch overhead kick went well over, before some Bale magic almost found the second. The Welsh star had his back to goal and attempted a shot over his shoulder, which just sprayed wide in the 52nd minute.
19-year-old Nigerian midfielder Nwaknkow then replaced the awful Muntari, making his debut for the Italian outfit.
Crouch was at hand to grab the second, as Bale whizzed down the left hand side with ease, and delivered an inch-perfect ball to the big beanpole to tap home.
Benitez tried to help his side out by bringing on Milito and Coutinho, yet it didn’t seem to make a huge impact. Eto’o managed to pull one back out of nowhere in the 80th minute, scoring an absolute belter, bending his shot past Cudicini after receiving the ball with his back to goal.
Spurs still looked to be in control and the final punch came in the 89th minute. Bale, with arrogant confidence, knocked the ball past Lucio (possibly the world’s best centre-back) and then ran round him, took the ball to goal, and crossed over for Pavyluchenko for a simple tap-in. Absolutely breathtaking stuff and the game was Tottenhams, mainly thanks to Bale but also due to their fast passing game as well as Inter’s complete lack of direction in their play.
A brilliant win for ‘Arry and the boys.