Crushing the Spurs
Aston Villa manager David Beckham
has heaped praise on his Villa side after they went head to head with Tottenham Hotspur, and crushed the North London club in a magnificent 7-1 score.
It was the first leg of the Semi-Finals of the Capital One Cup, and Spurs will have to win the second leg 6-0 if they want to have any chance of competing in the Final.
Spurs manager Slaven Bilic
's decision to start Swedish backup Par Hansson
ahead of established number one Hugo Lloris
horribly backfired as the Villans managed to put seven goals through the 29-year-old goalie. Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen
also had an uncharacteristically bad game as he was tortured by opposition striker Carlos Fierro
The 21-year-old Mexican bypassed the defense easily and scored the first goal of many as he put a blinder past Hansson. He followed this up with another goal 10 minutes later but Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas
struck back for his side to increase chances of an equalizer and comeback.
However, that never happened as Villa summer signing Xabi Alonso
got forward to slot in another two goals, followed by another Fierro goal that completed his hat trick. Fabian Delph
struck next for Villa and Fierro completed the 7-1 rout with his fourth goal of the night, cheered on by thousands of Villa fans.
"It was an unbelievable scoreline," said Beckham, in the post-match interview. "I was hoping to face Norwich because I thought Spurs would give us a bad game but it was instead the other way around, and I'm very proud of the lads who managed to achieve this, especially Carlos. They will need to win 6-0 in the second leg and I can't see that happening."
Indeed, Aston Villa have practically booked a return to Wembley, and their third cup final in just three seasons.
Croatian boss Bilic started his job at White Hart Lane last month, leaving his post at AC Milan to take over from the sacked Marcelo Bielsa
. Unfortunately, he is still looking for his first win as Spurs boss and this 7-1 crushing will not have helped his chances of raising his popularity with the fans and the board.