Tottenham have qualified for the last-16 of the Europa League after beating Lyon 3-2 on aggregate.
Arsenal welcomed Tottenham to the Emirates on Saturday in a match renowned for being one of modern football’s most epic derby matches.
I had a rather wry smile on my face last year when the UEFA Champions League semi-finals commenced as for the first time since 2003 there was no English representation in the last four of Europe’ premier competition.
Signed by Martin Jol whilst he was manager of Tottenham Hotspur, Mounir El Hamdaoui failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League. His only game for Spurs of note was in the Peace Cup in 2005. This season though he is leading the goal-scoring charts.
Assuming we all agree – and I think we should, or else we’ll be here all day – that football is the world’s most exciting game (my disillusionment is with its culture, not with the spectacle itself), then I think it’s fair to say that the Uefa Champions League is the world’s finest sporting tournament.
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