Last night’s win against AC Milan won the seal of approval from another San Siro hero – Alan Mullery.
Our legendary former midfielder and captain scored in the San Siro as we toppled the Italian giants on our way to UEFA Cup glory in 1972.
That Spurs vintage – the likes of Jennings, Knowles, England, Coates, Perryman, Mullery, Chivers, Peters – faced AC Milan over two legs in the semi-final.
Perryman scored twice as we won the first leg 2-1 at the Lane before Mullery’s glorious 20-yarder put us ahead in the away leg. The celebrations at the San Siro are pictured above.
Milan managed to get a goal back but the team stood strong to win 3-2 on aggregate before beating Wolves by the same aggregate to lift the trophy.
Yet Mullery, who made 373 appearances for us between 1964-72, believes Tuesday night’s 1-0 win was up there with his own team’s display almost 40 years ago – and if not, better.
“It was the best all-round performance I’ve seen from Tottenham for many years in Europe,” he said.
“You can go back to the days of 1984 and Keith Burkinshaw and beyond that to the double-winning side when they played in Europe, it was that epic.
“They were playing the best team in Italy yet they looked like a Second Division side compared to Tottenham in the first half. Tottenham absolutely dominated the game.
“In the second half you would always expect the Italians to come back because they must have got a real rollicking when they went in at half-time.
“Gomes made two fantastic saves in the second half, the back four were outstanding, all helping each other, the two central midfielders battled all night and won their tackles in the areas they were supposed to, the two wide players, Pienaar and Lennon, showed tremendous work rate and pace and up front, van der Vaart and Crouch were outstanding. And when the substitutes came, it was equally as good.
“With the quality they showed throughout the game, they thoroughly deserved to win. It was a magnificent performance.
“If I was Harry Redknapp today, I’d be sitting in my house reflecting on that game and thinking every thing I wanted from that game was perfect. Everybody played at that level.”