This should have been the night that made us look like real contenders for the Champions League but once again, we were left with a bitter taste in the mouth as Juventus beat Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley to knock us out.
Spurs had come to the game buoyed by the fact that they had an away goal advantage over the first-leg and it seemed that we would be taking that advantage further home as Son Heung-min scored in the first half.
The South Korean had been on fire for the last few games and we deserved to take the lead, however, things were going to take a massive turn for the worst.
Max Allegri might not be considered as great a manager for Juventus as Antonio Conte was but the Italian does have decent credentials and his decision to move to a back four worked wonders for the away side.
Two goals in three minutes settled the tie with Gonzalo Higuain getting the leveller in the 64th minute before Paulo Dybala raced on to finish past Hugo Lloris to make it 2-1 for the Italians.
They were going through on aggregate but we started ploughing forward in hopes of getting that second goal to at least, take the game to extra-time.
That was not going to happen and it felt as if fate was not on our side as Harry Kane’s 90th-minute header came agonisingly off the inside of the post and was then hacked away from the line.
This was not a poor performance by any means but it will be disappointing to know that we came so far and did the good work in Italy before succumbing at home, where we have been great this season.
The players gave it their all and here are the ratings from the tie at Wembley.
Hugo Lloris – 6/10
The keeper really should have done better for the second goal, which ultimately cost us the tie. Lloris couldn’t really do much to keep the Higuain effort out.
Kieran Trippier – 7/10
Trippier had a mixed evening as he was the outlet for Son’s goal but also carried part of the blame for the Dybala goal we conceded.
Davinson Sanchez – 7/10
The Colombian was a tower in the first half but wilted in the second as he too was to blame for the two goals we let in.
Jan Vertonghen – 5.5/10
Vertonghen was a lucky boy not to give away a penalty when he lunged in on Douglas Costa. The Belgian did get booked for fouling Dybala later on, aggression was good but the outlet was not proper.
Ben Davies – 7/10
Davies too did the job in helping out the attack and almost got us the equaliser as Kane hit the woodwork.
Eric Dier – 6/10
Dier didn’t have one of his monster games and was quiet throughout. He was substituted in the second half for Erik Lamela.
Mousa Dembele – 6.5/10
While Dembele did look good in certain parts of the game, we needed more from him and he too faded in the second half of the game.
Christian Eriksen – 6/10
Eriksen too didn’t step up when we needed him; although he had his moments of brilliance.
Dele Alli – 7/10
Alli did try his best as he toyed with the Juventus defence but just could not get the chance to make it count. The Englishman was one of our players booked on the night.
Son Heung-min – 8/10
Son should have scored earlier than he did but he got his reward later on. The South Korean was our best player by miles on the night.
Harry Kane – 7/10
What could have been but didn’t happen. Kane might rue that last-minute header but the striker was decent on the night without really making Gianluigi Buffon work too much.
Erik Lamela – 6/10
Lamela was brought on in the 74th minute for Eric Dier but regardless of trying so much, the Argentine just could not get us that second goal.
Fernando Llorente – NA
Didn’t have time to do much in the game.
“We know we have to win” – Tottenham star puts pressure on team ahead of PSV clash
Tottenham star Erik Lamela has put pressure on the club to go out and win against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.
Spurs lost their opening two games in their Champions League group, just like PSV, and have to beat the Dutch side if they have any chance of making it into the next round.
Barcelona beat us 4-2 while we lost in the last minute against Inter Milan in our group opener.
Lamela has been one of the stars for Spurs this season and was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:
“We know we have to win. Unfortunately we started the Champions League by losing in Milan.
“After, we lost against Barcelona and we will not have too many more chances, so we have to win.”
The Argentine scored in our 1-0 win over West Ham recently and his form will be crucial in getting all three points against the Dutch team.
Spurs need a bit of a miracle to make it into the next round and the next two clashes against PSV will be important.
Six points from the two games should give us a fighting chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Anything less than that, and we might need to defeat Barcelona or Inter Milan in our final group games, which won’t be an easy task.
31-year-old Tottenham star does not believe Spurs is his final club
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris doesn’t believe he will finish his career at the London club. The Frenchman was taking part in a Q+A session with Telefoot (h/t Evening Standard) and was asked if Spurs would be his final club.
The former Lyon keeper said: “I don’t think so.”
The report adds that should Lloris see out his current contract with Spurs, he would have spent a decade at the club.
The keeper helped the France national side to the World Cup in 2018 but claimed there were no offers for him post the victory.
Lloris has been one of the best keepers in the world in recent years and claimed his future at the club is dependent on our manager.
“My future is tied to Mauricio’s. That is certain.”
The report adds that Pochettino signed a new contract with Spurs in the summer but has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Pochettino is one of the best managers in the world and it comes as no surprise that others are interested in him.
Lloris, for his part, has done very well at Tottenham and is only 31. The Frenchman seems to be hitting his prime at the club, which is a huge bonus for us. The only thing he has to work on is removing the minor errors in his game, which hasn’t cost us much.
Tottenham confirm opening largest retail space for any football club
Tottenham have opened the new Spurs Shop at the Tottenham Experience, which is the largest retail space for any football club in the world.
A release from the club added that the store would feature merchandise of the team, Nike and even the NFL. The store is 23,000 sq ft and contains numerous features including a 100-seater auditorium with a 36-screen video wall.
This area will hold special appearances, pre and post-match events and other promotions. The release adds that all payments will be cashless and there will be giveaways on the shop floor to generate excitement.
This is the first step in opening the stadium and hopefully, the fans will have a great time at the new store.
There are a number of other attractions lined up to make the experience even better. The release adds that numerous attractions will be available throughout the year, along with the stadium tours, the museum, archive and the sky walk.
Tottenham have spent a lot of money in redeveloping White Hart Lane and it is only fitting that we have one of the best stadiums in world football.
The club is certainly on the up with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, and now the only thing we would be looking forward to is the date when the stadium will hold its first game.
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