Few teams in Europe can match hot Spurs right now

Posted by Dan Fitch

Were Spurs really good or were Inter Milan just really, really bad? I'm going for a huge slice of the former with a slight garnish of the latter.

- Bale suspended for second leg
- Whittaker: Inter suffer dismal defeat

There's no disputing that Inter were poor and a mere shadow of the side that Spurs played three years ago. Even their kit was wrong. To slightly digress, can I say how annoying this modern habit is of teams wearing an away strip when there is absolutely no clash of colours.

Spurs are equally guilty of wearing their grey and black monstrosity when there's no need for it. There’s clearly some contractual agreement that away shirts will be worn a certain amount of times a season, these days.

I don't think it's an overstatement to say that the fact that Inter weren't wearing their famous blue and black stripes, robbed the event of a little of it's lustre. "Are you Arsenal in disguise?", sang the Spurs fans to the team in red. The truth is that Arsenal gave it more of a go. Inter bore more of a resemblance to a Middlesbrough or Barnsley.

They received the sort of pasting that you might expect a Championship outfit to suffer at White Hart Lane. Tottenham got off to the perfect start when Gareth Bale (who else?) glanced a header home after just six minutes. The assist came courtesy of a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross and it was the Icelandic international who doubled Spurs’ lead after 17 minutes, as he pounced to turn in the rebound from a Jermain Defoe shot.

Sigurdsson looks to have really found his feet in Bale's old left-sided position. The goals and assists are starting to flow. Lewis Holtby is being kept out of the side and on this form, Clint Dempsey will also struggle to oust the former Swansea midfielder.

Another player who has taken some stick this season, but put in a fine performance on Thursday, was Scott Parker. This was the best he’s played since returning from injury.

When Sandro got injured I wrote that it wouldn't have a huge effect, if Parker could play as well as he did at the start of last season. It's taken him time to find that form, but tonight he looked back to his old self. Running around like a teenager, always pressing the opposition and available for a pass.

While we're on the subject of excellent individual performances, Jan Vertonghen has to get a mention. He was outstanding against Arsenal and was once again very impressive, scoring Tottenham’s third goal with a second-half header.

It almost goes without saying that Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon caused all sorts of problems for Inter. Along with Jermain Defoe, you have three attackers with the sort of pace that will trouble any defence.

This team is looking so good at the moment. Spurs are now the bookies' favourites to win the Europa League and that's not just because this home performance has essentially ensured their qualification for the quarter-finals.

Forget the Europa League, there are few teams in Europe as a whole, who could claim to be playing better than Andre Villas-Boas' team right now. Spurs have a chance to prove that this form isn't just down to one man when they travel to the San Siro for the second leg. One of the few negatives of the night was the fact that Bale was booked for diving again and will now be suspended for the trip to Italy.

Things are going so well for Tottenham at the moment, that even Bale's suspension could be for the best. You'd hardly describe him as looking tired, but it won't do him any harm to have a rest.

That will come after Tottenham's trip to Liverpool. Only a couple of weeks ago I was writing about how tough these fixtures could prove. Spurs have since won every game.

How things change. A trip to Anfield used to be something to dread for a Tottenham fan. Now I can't wait.

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