Two in two for Heurelho Gomes
It’s hard enough facing Real Madrid with 11 in form men on the field, it must be all but impossible taking them on when you have a goalkeeper that gifts Cristiano Ronaldo two goals.
Gomes clearly didn’t think he had helped the Madrid cause enough when he dived up and over Ronaldo’s tame shot last week, as this week he managed to fumble a routine strike through his hands and into the back of the net to finish off Spurs slim chances of going through.
Gomes is always prone to one of these, he pulls off some remarkable saves at times, but you always know that there is one of these coming somewhere down the line. He is very much like David James was in his prime – if that’s what you want too call it.
Reliable keepers are hard to come by, this is clearly why Alex Ferguson is so keen to keep Edwin van der Sar on at the club beyond the end of this season. He might not make saves of the quality that Gomes can at times, but you never see him chuck one in like Gomes did tonight.
van der Sar is more steady, reliable and consistent. Gomes can make unbelievable saves at times, but match them with unbelievable clangers at other times.
It was never likely to be for Harry Redknapp and Spurs tonight, they had a go in the first half and on another night they could of had a couple of penalties. But once Gomes had blundered, that was it.
I know the tie was already dead, but I did find the sight of Jermain Defoe coming on with around 30 minutes left and Spurs needing just the 6 goals a touch amusing, Defoe usually more than 30 minutes to get in 6 decent first touches, let alone 6 goals.
The striking department is an area that Harry Redknapp badly needs to reinforce if Spurs are to move up to the next level.
Spurs now have to pick themselves up for the rest of the league campaign, they are still in with a chance of getting the last champions league spot, while they also have to be careful not to get caught by Liverpool for 5th place.
There was also no major surprises in the other quarter-final with Schalke going through. Everyone will be telling us that Man United are already in the final, but I’m sure we have been here before.
United have a great record of getting to the semi-finals and getting knocked out, and apparently Schalke were the weak link in the draw ahead of the quarters, Ferguson and United would be well advised not to underestimate the Germans.