I’ve been holding back all season from writing anything about Tottenham, because it’s too personal, but on Saturday morning I was stunned when watching Football Focus on BBC World. Normally I think Mark Lawrenson spouts inane rubbish, but when the subject of Spurs’ recent revival came up he said something sensible for maybe the first time ever:
“Berbatov – what a player eh? I mean, we’ve said that all season, but at the moment he’s playing like God”.
Thank you Lawro. Not ‘like a God’. Like God himself.
I’ve seen a lot of strikers, and particularly duff strikers at Spurs – Armstrong, Rasiak and the Ginger Pele Gary Doherty spring to immediate mind, sullying an otherwise fine tradition – Sheringham, Klinsmann, Linekar, Allen, Greaves etc.
But Berbatov is right in their class. Anyone who saw our 4-1 win against Bolton, when on his own he outplayed all four of Bolton’s defenders for nearly 60 minutes, just…tears were nearly coming it was so beautiful. His movement, his touch, his strength, his positioning, and his lethal finishing. It’s perfection.
There was a debate on another website over who’s better, Berbatov or Drogba. For me, there’s no contest:
Berbatov has scored 19 goals to Drogba’s 28, but Drogba has Lampard, Robben, Ballack and the rest servicing him, whereas Berbatov sometimes has to make do with Teemo Tainio.
Drogba has taken three seasons to reach this standard, Berbatov looks so comfortable after six months at the Lane he could be a blade of grass.
Drogba cost 27million. Berbatov cost 10.9.
Drogba is all power and strength and great striking. Berbatov has that, but so much more grace, finess, poise, class.
There’s another article on the Guardian about whether or not Spurs can keep hold of Berbatov, but I can’t see us selling him unless it’s for a small fortune. If Drogba’s worth 27 million, what’s Berbatov worth? The Guardian also has some links via Youtube to some classic Dimitar moves this season, and it really is poetry in motion. Check it here.
I’ll be getting up at 2am to watch the FA Cup tie, if I can get to sleep before hand. I don’t honestly know if we’ll win. This is what Spurs is all about. But with Berbatov playing this well, like God, it’s worth it.