Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Champions League: Juventus secures Qualification as Spurs bottles again

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Kristopher Love | 08 March, 2018, 13:45

For Tottenham, which beat holder Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage, there would be no third European Cup quarterfinal in its history.

Barzagli monstered Dele Alli during a Tottenham attack, but the ball trickled over to Kieran Trippier, who passed across the box to his South Korean team-mate to scuff over Chiellini and Buffon, who had gone to ground expecting a low shot.

Spurs crashed out of the Champions League 4-3 on aggregate after Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala scored in a three-minute blitz in the second half to overturn the deficit.

Pochettino has turned Spurs into one of the most exciting young teams in Europe and many had tipped the North Londoners to progress after their excellent 2-2 comeback draw in Turin.

"But at the same time I think we were in both legs, in both games we were the better team". We believe in history. "They always create many chances to score. but at the end they miss something". "For us it was tough but a fantastic experience for us".

"In less than three minutes we conceded two goals - two big mistakes - and that is why we are out", said the Argentine. "How many chances did we concede in two legs?"

"We had a lot of chances in the first half and put in a great performance". Of course I am disappointed, when you compete in the Champions League and against this type of club, you can win or you can lose. "We did that and the dream goes on".

Why bother wasting your time and energy with a whole lot of hard work when you can score a couple of goals in each leg in short, punishing bursts?

Chiellini, who produced a fine display at centre-back, believes Spurs' comparative lack of experience was a key factor in their failure to see out a result.

Juve travel to Tottenham on the back of an incredible run of form with Allegri's men unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions. Nevertheless, they faced a Juventus side that hadn't tasted defeat themselves in twenty matches, while legendary goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, was aiming for his fiftieth clean sheet in the competition, a record only previously reached by Iker Casillas and Edwin van der Sar.

"Spursy" - the ability to snatch defeat from victory, to turn advantage into disappointment. But they had chances to build one early in the second leg.