The weekend’s Premier League action taught us to never underestimate the effect that Tottenham can have on the general well-being of a depressed nation. When you think that you’re having a bad day, you only have to look at a mildly agitated ‘arry Redknapp and it immediately brightens up an otherwise grey afternoon.
‘arry’s Spurs go into tonight’s Champions League game without talismanic playmaker Rafael van der Vaart as the Dutchman is again injured, but they will take particular heart from their almost stunning comeback in the reverse fixture two weeks ago. Although, Inter manager Rafael Benitez doesn’t seem too bothered by his opponents – more worried by his former side Liverpool’s manager Roy Hodgson.
The Spaniard garbled some rubbish about a priest and a mountain of sugar when complaining about the English veteran. Is Rafa stupid enough to think they’re playing Liverpool and not Spurs tonight? He did manage to totally eff it all up at Anfield, so maybe. All before Inter scrape a 3-1 victory at the Lane.
The other English side in action are Manchester United. They travel Rooney-less to Bursaspor in Turkey, as the striker convalesces back home in Manchester hotel the Lowry – if you know what I mean! This all as United romp home 3-0 without a Shrek lookalike in sight.