As Tottenham toil AVB reject scores Di Canio-esque volley in Bundesliga romp

A goal and two assists from Rafael van der Vaart did the job for Hamburg SV this weekend.

What a disaster that was for Andre Villas-Boas and his Tottenham Hotspur players. Losing at home 3-0 is never good, when you do it against a team that everyone, their dad and their uncle thought you were going to dispatch with ease, it is down and out bizarre.

Let’s not get a pitchfork mentality going here though, up until now Spurs have looked impressive, but on this occasion they were narrow, predictable and shapeless.

West Ham were contained, thoughtful and in the end simply more dangerous.

For all of the spending that Spurs have done this summer, they had no match to what was an excellent, and I am reluctant to say this, perfectly set up tactical line-up by Sam Allardyce and his team.

But while Spurs toiled away, an Andre Villas-Boas reject was probably having one of the best games of his career.

Last summer AVB decided to flog Rafael van der Vaart - as the Dutchman did not fit into the new system and style of play that AVB wanted to play, despite being a favourite with the Spurs faithful.

RVDV returned to his beloved Hamburg, and has since been making headlines for the wrong reasons. His complicated marriage and subsequent relationship with Khalid Boulharouz’s wife, his weight gain and of course his public argument with Hamburg sporting director Oliver Kreuzer after they decided to sack Thorsten Fink.

But the club have brought in former Holland World Cup finalist coach Bert van Barwijk as his replacement, which has somewhat galvanised the flagging troops.

Today however, they went to a new level - pasting Nuremberg away from home 5-0.

And it was Van der Vaart who stole the show, scoring one and bagging two assists for Pierre Lasogga (who eventually got his hat-trick) in a win that took them out of the relegation zone at Nuremberg’s expense.

And his goal was a thing of absolute beauty, a flying scissor kick to send the ground into hushed appreciation. In fact it had a touch of the Di Canio's vs Wimbledon about it.

Here are the goals from the game…


image: © Jan S0L0

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