By Richard Parks
Wojciech Szczesny has claimed that Tottenham fans “went missing” in the final stages of the club’s Champions League heartbreak against Juventus.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper was an unused substitute for Juventus as they secured a thrilling 2-1 win at Wembley against Spurs to book a passage in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition.
Szczesny had a dig at Spurs and their supporters as serial winners Juventus edged out the last-16 through a 4-3 aggregate triumph.
“I enjoyed it a lot – there were a couple of fans, very vocal next to my bench, who went missing after the 80th minute,” said Szczesny, as quoted by the Telegraph. “We’ve got players who have won the World Cup, they’ve won six championships in a row and you see that makes a difference in the difficult situations. Where others crumble we manage to get out on top.
“We’re not here by accident. This club has won so much in the past. It didn’t just happen overnight.”
And what did he make of the claim outlined by Mauricio Pochettino that Tottenham had been the better team?
“Probably the Tottenham people would say that but we believe we deserved it,” said Szczesny. “The only thing that makes a difference in football is who can score more goals.”
Football Insider verdict:
As a long-serving ex-Gooner who joined the club in his mid-teens, there is little love lost between the goalkeeper and Tottenham, whose fans have given him plenty over the years. Szczesny also shoots from the hip, and has rubbed the Spurs faithful up the wrong way on many occasions. Who can blame him for digging out the fans who gave him pelters at Wembley on Wednesday? Szczesny has always been on the cocky side of confident – it is a useful trait for the loneliest and toughest position in football – and he is revelling in getting one over the biggest rival of his former club.