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Needless Dig At Gary Doherty In Independent's Outstanding Spurs Vs Real Match Report

Needless Dig At Gary Doherty In Independent's Outstanding Spurs Vs Real Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed one of the finest nights in their club's history as reigning back-to-back European champions Real Madrid were comfortably dealt with by Mauricio Pochettino's side.

It was an extremely impressive performance where Spurs in all-white looked much more like Real Madrid than Real Madrid, and it has justifiably been talked about as a performance to make the rest of the continent respect Spurs after the struggles they suffered in Europe over the past couple of seasons.

Over on Independent.co.uk, the excellent Jonathan Liew was tasked with summing up the night and putting into context how big a result it was.

He was doing really well too, until we noticed a completely needless dig at 'good football man' Gary Doherty. The former Ireland defender-turned-striker made 64 appearances for Tottenham, but on an historic night for the club Liew decided to use Doherty as a marker of how low the club had come from.

They’ll still talk about this game, years from now, decades from now: when Harry Kane is that jowly bloke off Soccer Saturday, when Mauricio Pochettino is greying and frail, when Dele Alli is a grandfather of seven with a penchant for cheeky practical jokes. They’ll reminisce about it in the oxygen bars of Enfield and the hoverboard racetracks of south Essex. Where were you when Tottenham Hotspur bullied the European champions at Wembley?

Far more impressive than the fact of Tottenham handing Real Madrid their first Champions League group-stage defeat since 2012, and qualifying for the last 16 in the process, was the way they did it: with bravery and skill, composure and organisation. Remarkably, it was Spurs who played like the kings of Europe; Real like the club who once played Gary Doherty up front for an entire half-season.

Ah here, was there any need for that?

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They also played Mido as a striker, so give us big Gary every single day if it's between those two. And don't act like Gary Doherty didn't dominate aerially for that half-season, providing flick-ons and knock-downs for the more nimble strikers in the squad and inventing the cliche 'handful for defenders'.

Put some respect on Gary Doherty's name. It was BT Sport's James Richardson who had the best description of any on the night, as he said the following regarding Dele Alli's second goal.

Real Madrid, like Salami, sliced open on the counter by the Dele man.

How it should be done, Richardson is a master of his craft (the craft of puns so cheesey that you can't help but admire them).

You can read the Spurs vs Real Madrid match report in full over on Independent.co.uk.

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