It’s 5 years to the day since Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko fired Spurs to a 3-1 win over Champions League holders Inter Milan at White Hart Lane, yet the images of that famous European night under the lights are still fresh in the memory of most Spurs fans. It’s hard to believe that not a single player from our 18-man squad that night remains a Tottenham Hotspur player. The squad from the 2010/11 European campaign has dispersed in a vast range of directions; some grasp Champions League winning medals themselves while others find themselves alone in the wilderness as a ‘Free Agent’. But how does the team of 2nd November 2010 compare to that of 2nd November 2015? Position by position, here’s how the two face up… Goalkeeper - Carlo Cudicini vs Hugo Lloris Probably the easiest choice in the whole debate. Lloris captains Spurs on a weekly basis and leads the way as one of the best stoppers in the Premier League, while Cudicini found himself second in the pecking order to suspended Heurelho Gomes. No brainer. Verdict: Hugo Lloris Left Back – Benoit Assou-Ekotto vs Danny Rose BAE forged an impressive partnership with Gareth Bale on the left wing which tore Inter and many more sides apart. Defensively not as sound but Benny deserves credit despite ending his Spurs career with egg on his face. Danny takes this one, though, as a marauding fullback who’s altogether more aware and trustworthy on the field. Verdict: Danny Rose Right Back – Alan Hutton vs Kyle Walker Hutton currently struggles to make the Aston Villa side but is still far from finished at the top level. An underrated member of the side but had nowhere near the exciting pace and directness of Kyle Walker. Hutton filled a gap, while Walker presents a much more entertaining option. Verdict: Kyle Walker Centre Backs – Kaboul & Gallas vs Vertonghen & Alderweireld Back in the days of a temperamental Gallas and before Younes Kaboul’s rapid decline, these two did a solid job against some of Europe’s elite. But Toby and Jan surely make it a clean sweep for the back 5 having conceded the joint least goals in the entire Premier League this season largely thanks to their growing partnership. Vertict: Vertonghen & Alderweireld Defensive Midfield - Tom Huddlestone vs Eric Dier This one is tough, but Dier has to take it thanks to his impressive form in what is still a new position for him. Thudd is a Spurs cult hero, who captained the side on this Glory Glory night at the Lane, but he never quite fulfilled his potential and held down a place for Spurs or England. This would have been a mammoth clash. Verdict: Eric Dier (just) Centre Midfield - Luka Modric vs Dele Alli It’s the first win for the 2010 side as the little magician that was Luka Modric triumphs over a young Dele Alli; however this one has the potential to change. Modric was one of the world’s best in his time at Spurs, hence his big money move to Real Madrid where he still holds down a starting spot. And yet Alli has shown glimpses of brilliance at just 19… Verdict: Luka Modric Left Wing – Gareth Bale vs Erik Lamela It’s yet another no-brainer, but this time it’s the 2010 side who take it with ease. Gareth Bale, the most expensive player of all time and the best player I’ve seen don the Spurs shirt in my lifetime; up against his below-par replacement. Gareth Bale was the name on everybody’s lips after he annihilated Maicon 5 years ago today. Verdict: Gareth Bale Right Wing – Aaron Lennon vs Nacer Chadli This is is difficult considering one was brought in the all-but replace the other. Chadli certainly produces goals from midfield when you need him to, and so made a good replacement for Everton bound and ageing Lennon. However this was a different Aaron Lennon – he was terrifying. The man who tore the other Milan team to pieces wins here. Verdict: Aaron Lennon Creative Midfield – Rafa van der Vaart vs Christian Eriksen What a battle. Rafa is one of my favourite Spurs players ever, and I still remember the feeling when we brought him in from Madrid. He even bagged a goal in the game against Inter, but Christian Eriksen just edges it in my opinion. This one is so, so close but Eriksen’s technical ability is unrivalled in the current Spurs team. Verdict: Christian Eriksen Striker – Peter Crouch vs Harry Kane Both of these strikers are unstoppable when at the top of their game, but Crouch never managed to bag over 30 goals in his debut season at the top level. Crouchy never let us down and he’ll always have the goals against Inter and AC Milan over Kane, but Harry has the potential to lead our line for years to come. Verdict: Harry Kane Final XI – Lloris; Rose Alderweireld Vertonghen Walker; Dier Modric; Bale Eriksen Lennon; Kane In the space of 5 years we have arguably what would be the greatest Spurs side of the past 20 years, and one that would be endlessly entertaining.