Tottenham were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after two goals in three minutes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala sealed the Old Lady’s qualification in the quarter-final of the competition.
Coming on the back of a 2-2 draw in Turin from the first leg of the round, it were Tottenham who opened the scoring through Son Heung-Min some six minutes before the halftime. The scoreline could well have stated differently had Tottenham were a bit more clinical. The likes of Harry Hane and Son Heung-Min were awarded a host of opportunities but Buffon stood firm to deny everything the duo threw at him.
Tottenham were in cruise control in the first half, but Juventus could well have had the last laugh when defender Jan Vertonghen bought Douglas Costa down in the area with a clumsy challenge. Referee Szymon Marciniak and his assistant simply waved play on and the chance went begging. Some minutes before that, Harry Kane somehow managed round off Giorgio Chiellini before getting past Gigi Buffon and all he had to do was to find the net. The striker’s attempt, however, hit the side netting.
A defeat means Tottenham lost their first game in 18 matches while for the visitors, they are now unbeaten since 22 November – a run of 20 games. Having said that, Tottenham have become the first English club to get knocked out of the Champions League as Manchester City – despite a 2-1 defeat against Basel – and Liverpool are through in the quarter-finals, while Chelsea and Manchester United are yet to play their second leg.
Juventus, soon after the hour’s mark, bounced back strongly but it is safe to say their goals were a result of poor marking by Tottenham defenders. Stephan Lichtsteiner had delivered a cross into the area towards Sami Khedira, and although the German’s initial effort seemed off target, Gonzalo Higuain came out of nowhere to tap it into the net. Some three minutes later, the Argentine was involved in Juventus’ second when he found Paulo Dybala making a run through on goal and the 24-year-old made no mistake in giving his side the lead.
That being said, the only viable option Tottenham now have to get their hands on a silverware is the FA Cup, where they are scheduled to play Swansea City in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, for the fans, this is how they reacted to the defeat.
Kane flops in a big game again, when will you all realise he is just a stat padding average striker
— ArsenalKid94 (@ArsenalKid94) March 7, 2018
Good job on putting on the pressure lads pic.twitter.com/mmoPAoKry1
— Jeff (@StreamsManUtd) March 7, 2018
I’m in disbelief
— Doni (@SonsOutBumsOut) March 7, 2018
I’m in disbelief because we dominated, fully deserved to win, then we swithc off for two mins and lose the game. Also kane hitting the post in the last min of the game was just bitterly disappointing
— Doni (@SonsOutBumsOut) March 7, 2018
Most undeserved win ever tbf
— Jonathan (@wkdvenomth) March 7, 2018
😭 unlucky 😭😭😭😭😭😭👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻
— T Mullarkey (@TMullarkey) March 7, 2018
We didn’t deserve this at all but we let them back in the game.
— Victor Ramirez (@goldtm87) March 7, 2018
Breaking New : Giorgio Chiellini was stopped at Heathrow Airport and told to remove Harry Kane from his pocket 😂😂😂😂😂
— ADEYEMO OLUWASEGUN (@Og_Oluwasegun) March 7, 2018
I’m tired of going out of competition ls with heads held high. I’d much rather Poch grow a set of balls and make changes when something is wrong instead of waiting. Then we can win competitions with our heads held high.
— Dusty (@ffsSpurs) March 7, 2018
Proud of the boys, best team lost. COYS
— Si Thackwell (@SiThackwell) March 7, 2018
I pray to God every night hoping you keep Dier out of the squad
— Dom (@Aurierified) March 7, 2018
— #WengerOutNow 🇰🇪 (@profCymoh67) March 7, 2018
Gutted, such a good result away, the 1st half Son goal earlier today, the chances…we played hard, we deserve better, HEADS UP LADS!#COYS
— Conor Hinds (@ccohinds) March 8, 2018
Poch a great coach but needs to get some tactics right. With 1-2 down in 67th minute on a high voltage match yet bringing first change in the 75th minute.
Dier should have been replaced earlier.
— SUBHADEEP TOTTENHAM MUKHERJEE (@SUBHADE72230087) March 7, 2018
[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium
Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.
The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.
A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.
The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.
Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.
“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance
Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.
The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2018
Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.
AMAZING CHEERFUL SAMBA SPURS TALENT
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) October 22, 2018
Star on and off the pitch.
— ⁴ (@Alderrweireld) October 22, 2018
Happy to be leaving London Stadium dressing room I imagine #WestHam
— Jeremy Palmer (@JeremyPalmer7) October 22, 2018
Who put Mambo No. 5 on? Winks?
— Enter the VAR (@thedarkpav) October 22, 2018
— Alex (@highpressmess) October 22, 2018
He certainly danced his way through Westham on Saturday 😁
— Marc R (@marcrozier1) October 22, 2018
hahaha love you 😁😘
— WanboSports万博体育 (@wanbosports) October 22, 2018
Loved it – putting your name in for Dancing with the Stars 😀
— LadyCP1851 (@LadyCP1851) October 22, 2018
Lucas is Crazy, hahaha
— Ramon Dos Santos (@nomarmsn) October 22, 2018
Thankfully he plays much better than he dances!!!😳
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) October 22, 2018
Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.
Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star
Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.
Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.
Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.
The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:
“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.
“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.
“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.
“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”
Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.
Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.
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