Former Blackburn Rovers and Celtic striker Chris Sutton has torn into Tottenham for their moments of “sheer madness” which lost them the game against Juventus on Wednesday night.
The Lilywhite came into the second leg of their Champions League tie with a 2-2 draw under their belts, having picked up what could have been a crucial two away goals in Turin, meaning a 0-0 or 1-1 draw or victory would have been enough to progress through to the next round.
However, despite Heung-min Son’s first half opener, it was the Italians who took charge, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala netting within three minutes of each other to turn the tie on its head and secure the win which saw Spurs knocked out.
Speaking after the game, Sutton said that the Tottenham stars will be left scratching their heads over the defeat, while raving over the finishing prowess shown by Dybala after he broke through one-on-one with Hugo Lloris.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live‘s coverage of the clash (19:45), he said: “It was two or three minutes of sheer madness from Spurs which lost them the game.
“They’ve been put out by a side who were just cuter, more street-wise. They’ll be sitting in the dressing room thinking ‘how have we not gone through?’
“The second goal was beautifully worked, as soon as he (Dybala) is through one v one, he has a wand of a left foot, and he found that top corner. It’s a brutal lesson for Spurs.”
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) March 8, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Sutton is spot on with his analysis of Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who will be waking up this morning wondering just what went wrong against the Italians. It was the big game experience which saw Juve through this clash, with the Tottenham players’ heads dropping after that first goal from Higuain. It is a steep learning curve but it should make every one of the young side stronger going forward, and will be a constant reminder of how disappointment feels in order to drive them on. They still have a good chance of picking up the FA Cup this season, and that, along with a top four spot, must now be their priority.