Stopping Zlatan the key to progression for Spurs

TAGs: Soccer, Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Champions League, Zlatan Ibrahimović

spurs-must-stop-zlatanNorth London is this week gearing up to show the world that they’re the best European soccer has to offer, as the two sides take on the Italy’s and Spain’s best in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase.

The first of the two games takes place in Italy tonight, as Tottenham travel to the San Siro to take on Serie A leaders AC Milan and star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp will readily admit that attack is their only form of defence and after a 4-3 reverse at the same ground against Inter earlier on in the season you wouldn’t put the same result past the two sides tonight. Spurs are without talisman wing wizard Gareth Bale who has a bad back, and a threadbare midfield means Wilson Palacios and Sandro are the only choices.

The main thing they should be concerning themselves with though is how to stop Zlatan from running riot and scoring five goals himself. For this not to happen they need, apart from Gomes having a blinder, a game plan.

As everyone’s favourite target for criticism the Swede thrives under the assumption that he can’t do well against English teams. What this means is that Redknapp should simply send his players out there with the idea in their head to praise everything the big man does.

They can extend this to the way he ties his hair up, the colour of his boots, the size of his…shirt. They should hope this deflects attention from the thought in his mind that he wants to score goals.

If they don’t have a game plan for the striker then Spurs could come back to White Hart Lane in a few weeks time with it all to do.


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