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Steven Beacom: Shambolic Tottenham Hotspur so lucky to be alive in Champions League

I couldn't believe what I was watching. Harry Redknapp probably felt the same way.

Tottenham played their hearts out last season to reach the Champions League.

To them it was like making it to the promised land.

They entered the grandest stage of all on Tuesday night against a side with a great name but few high class footballers.

Spurs were supposed to come home from Switzerland having hammered Young Boys Berne, making the second leg at White Hart Lane a formality before waiting for the draw for the lucrative group stages.

It’s all very well dreaming of making it to the big time.

But once there you must show that you belong there. For most of the game, Tottenham, quite frankly, just could not handle it.

Defensively they were a shambles, in midfield they couldn’t pass water and up front they were about as effective as a chocolate fireguard.

Forget the men against boys phrase often used in football.

This was Young Boys against men out of their depth.

The Swiss outfit quickly went 3-0 up as Harry’s side wilted.

Had the home side been anything approaching clinical they would have scored six more. No exaggeration. Somehow Spurs managed to score twice to only lose 3-2. They should make it through now, but only because fortune favoured them.

To think Spurs could face Barcelona in the group stages. All the luck in the world won’t save them then.

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