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Benfica 2 Spurs 2 – It’s not the despair that hurts, it’s the hope

Tim Sherwood in stands against Benfica

So near and yet so far.

For 78 minutes it felt like this tie was already over as a contest, a feeling strengthened by Garay’s 34th minute goal. This didn’t make a lot of difference to Spurs’ task – they still needed three – but psychologically it seemed to Continue reading


Spurs 1 Benfica 3 – Sherwood’s rant fails to invigorate woeful Spurs

Spurs Benfica

Beforehand, this fixture conjured up memories of 1962, Blanchflower, Greaves and Spurs’ high watermark in European competition. It didn’t live up to the billing.

The big story after the depressing defeat to Chelsea was Continue reading

Spurs Benfica Preview – Can Tottenham bounce back?

Danny Blanchflower vs Benfica

Danny Blanchflower shakes hands with the Benfica Captain, 1962

Spurs return to Europa League action on Thursday night against Portuguese league leaders Benfica. It’s still only the round of 16, despite Tottenham having played 10 games in the competition to get to this stage. It’s at this point that all the effort begins to seem worthwhile, as we contemplate a knockout tie against one of the legendary names in European club football.

Benfica have a long Continue reading