1 Inter, and especially Maicon, will not want to meet Gareth Bale any time soonIn the aftermath of the tie at San Siro two weeks ago, with Italy suddenly rapt with a 21-year-old kid from Cardiff, La Gazzetta dello Sport attempted to put a transfer‑market valuation on Gareth Bale. The Italian daily plumped for the figure of €25m (£21.8m). Ask any Tottenham fan and they will tell you Bale is priceless. Excitement crackled whenever he picked up possession and drove forward but for Maicon, Inter's much-vaunted Brazil right-back, the emotions were rather different. He was humiliated. "Taxi for Maicon" sang the home crowd. Bale's lung-busting runs for his team's second and third goals brought the house down.
2 Spurs are a match for anybody at homeTottenham saw off Arsenal and Chelsea on their own turf at the end of last season, to set up their march to the Promised Land, and now they have shown that not even the defending European Cup winners hold any fears for them. There is something gloriously liberating about how they have a go at visiting teams, no matter how illustrious. Rafael van der Vaart has certainly made himself at home in this stadium. He has now scored on all five of his appearances here, his tally standing at six. What a pity that a hamstring problem curtailed his involvement last night.
3 Luka Modric shines from deepHarry Redknapp's answer as to how best to accommodate the plethora of attack-minded midfielders at his disposal was to ask Luka Modric, below, to start in a deeper-lying central role alongside Tom Huddlestone. In effect, Redknapp matched up to the Inter formation. Modric might be slight in stature but, as Redknapp has regularly said, he has a big heart is not afraid to tackle. Still, as ever, it was his twinkle-toes that defined his performance. His assist for the breakthrough goal oozed class, from the burst of pace and the assured balance to the perfect weight on the throughball. Pushed slightly further forward after Van der Vaart's withdrawal, he continued to look the part. Out on his feet at full-time.
4 Peter Crouch is a menace to European opponentsPeter Crouch had been guilty of a glaring miss at San Siro, albeit at 3-0 down, and he erred again here in the 24th minute, with his team 1-0 up. The fear nagged away for a while that Tottenham might live to regret his wild slash at the ball from Bale's cross. But the striker did not let his head drop. Defenders on these shores might know all about him, but there is a sense that their continental counterparts are mystified and do not know how to handle him. It is reinforced by his excellent European scoring record. He was a handful all night, winning some important headers but also showing a neat touch. Deserved his standing ovation.
5 Tottenham's defence does not crackThe thing about Spurs' defence, when Ledley King is not playing, is that you always suspect a fatal lapse in concentration is round the corner. The threat here was writ large in black and blue. Samuel Eto'o had entered the tie with 15 goals to his name. But Younes Kaboul and William Gallas emerged with honours, sticking close to him and letting him know he was in a physical battle. Eto'o got his goal, when he preyed on Alan Hutton, but there was to be no Tottenham wobble. Carlo Cudicini deserved praise, too, for his acrobatic save from Wesley Sneijder's free-kick. It was a sweet moment for a man with Milan in his blood.
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