The start of ElWriteBack’s new Christmas series “where are they now” looks at Tottenham Hotspur’s 2010/11 squad.
The 2010/11 campaign was an historic one for Tottenham Hotspur as it featured the clubs first ever involvement in the UEFA Champions League. The North London side entered the competition through the early play-off rounds after finishing fourth in the previous season.
Spurs had a rough start to their Champions League Play-off round as they lost 3-2 away to Swiss side, BSC Young Boys. Harry Redknapp’s men didn’t give up easily as they cruised to a 4-0 victory in the second leg thanks to Jermain Defoe and a Peter Crouch hat-trick.
Tottenham qualified for the group stages through a 6-3 aggregate win over BSC Young Boys. The group featured Werder Bremen, FC Twente and 2009/10 Champions League holders Inter Milan.
The first group fixture saw Spurs take on German side, Werder Bremen at The Weserstadion. The two sides couldn’t be split with a 2-2 draw being recorded into the history books of Tottenham Hotspur as their first “proper” Champions League fixture. Crouch again found the back of the net in the 18th minute with Tottenham’s first goal coming six minutes earlier through a Petri Pasanen own goal.
32,518 fans witnessed Tottenham’s 4-1 victory against Twente at White Hart Lane. Rafael van der Vaart scored the first goal for Spurs in the 47th minute with Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring the second three minutes later in the 50th minute from the penalty spot. The Russian forward added a second goal to his name, again from the penalty spot in the 64th minute. Finally in the season which changed Gareth Bale’s life, the young Welshman scored his first Champions League goal five minutes from full time.
It was time for the big match. Tottenham travelled to the San Siro to take on the Champions League holders, Inter Milan. Although Spurs lost the match 4-3, Bale played the game of his life as he managed to score a hat-trick against one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Julio Cesar. The score was 4-1 until the final two minutes where Bale performed what can only be described as magic as he netted two in the dying moments of the game.
The return fixture saw different fortunes for Spurs as the trio of van der Vaart, Crouch and Pavlyuchenko allowed the boys in white to cruise to a 3-1 victory. Bale again played a crucial part in this fixture as he famously ran with ease past the Brazilian right back, Maicon.
Two fixtures remained against Werder Bremen at home and FC Twente away in Holland. The first game saw centre back, Younes Kaboul find the net in the 6th with Luka Modric and Peter Crouch adding to Tottenham’s tally in a nice 3-0 victory. Finally a 3-3 draw against Twente allowed the Lilywhites to finish top of their group with 11 points. This was seen as a brilliant achievement as it was Tottenham’s first season in the Champions League.
The knockout round saw Spurs make their second trip to the San Siro as they took on AC Milan in February 2011. Crouch managed to give Tottenham the away goal advantage as Spurs came back from the fixture with a 1-0 victory. The home leg saw a 0-0 draw send Spurs into the Quarter-Finals.
The Quarter-Final draw saw Spurs take on Spanish footballing giants, Real Madrid. The first leg saw Madrid record a whitewash 4-0 victory, meaning Spurs were given with the impossible task of scoring five goals at White Hart Lane whilst preventing Madrid from scoring an away goal. Sadly Redknapp’s side were sent out of the Champions League as Madrid beat Tottenham 1-0 at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham Hotspur 2010/11 Season summed up:
Manager: Harry Redknapp
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Premier League: 5th
FA Cup: Fourth Round
League Cup: Third Round
UEFA Champions League: Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Rafael van der Vaart (13)
Rafael van der Vaart (15)
Highest home attendance: 36,197 vs. Bolton
Lowest home attendance: 32,518 vs. Twente
So where are the stars of Tottenham’s 2010/11 Champions League season squad?
Key for guide below:
- *player was on loan at the club.
- ^player is still at Tottenham Hotspur
- Ben Alnwick (Peterborough United)
- Carlo Cudicini (Retired as an LA Galaxy player)
- Heurelho Gomes (Watford)
- Stipe Pletikosa* (Free Agent, last played for FC Roston)
- Benoit Assou-Ekotto (AS Saint-Etienne)
- Sebastien Bassong (Norwich)
- Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)
- Michael Dawson (Hull City)
- William Gallas (Retired as a Perth Glory player)
- Alan Hutton (Aston Villa)
- Younes Kaboul (Sunderland)
- Bongani Khumalo (Supersport United)
- Ledley King (Retired as a Spurs player)
- Kyle Naughton (Swansea City)
- Danny Rose^ (Tottenham Hotspur)
- Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesborough)
- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
- John Bostock (Oud-Heverlee Leuven)
- Tom Huddlestone (Hull City)
- Jermaine Jenas (Free Agent, last played for QPR)
- Niko Kranjcar (Dinamo Kiev)
- Aaron Lennon (Everton)
- Jake Livermore (Hull City)
- Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
- Wilson Palacios (Free Agent, last played for Stoke City)
- Steven Pienaar (Everton)
- Sandro (QPR)
- Rafael van der Vaart (Real Betis)
- Peter Crouch (Stoke City)
- Jermain Defoe (Sunderland)
- Roman Pavlyuchenko (FC Kuban)
- Manager: Harry Redknapp (Last club QPR)
- Kevin Bond (Last club QPR)
- Joe Jordan (Last club QPR)
- Tim Sherwood (Last club Aston Villa)
- Tony Parks (Aston Villa)
Long term injured players:
- Jonathan Woodgate – Groin Injury
- Jamie O’Hara – Back Injury
- Michael Dawson – Ankle Injury
- Jermain Defoe – Ankle Injury
- Tom Huddlestone – Ankle Injury
- David Bentley – Ankle Injury
- Ledley King – Groin Injury
This means that left back Danny Rose is the only remaining first team player to feature in both Tottenham’s 2010/11 side and Mauricio Pochettino’s 2015/16 squad.