Classic goals: Tottenham’s Dimitar Berbatov (vs Middlesbrough)


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Now that Dimitar Berbatov no longer plays for Manchester United and that time has healed some of the wounds inflicted by that transfer, it’s a bit easier for Tottenham fans to look back on his time at White Hart Lane with fond memories

…and there weren’t many better examples of his talent than this.

Given that by the end late April 2007, neither Spurs nor Middlesbrough were really playing for anything, there would be no reason to remember this 2-3 away win at The Riverside were it not for this goal.

Berbatov, receiving Hossam Ghaly’s chipped pass from out-wide, strikes a falling-volley perfectly into the bottom of the net from the edge of the box. What’s remarkable about this is really the goal’s elegance; the Bulgarian doesn’t ‘take a swing’ at the ball, he just guides it past the keeper. Watch the reaction of the two defenders closest to him: they’re so stunned that Berbatov even attempts this, that they barely react. There’s no real pace on the ball either, it realies almost entirely on placement.

He may have had more influential games, but this might have been his best individual moment in a Tottenham shirt.

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