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5 things we learned from Tottenham 1-2 Juventus

  • As Juventus cuts Spurs' dream run in the Champions League with a classy comeback, here are 5 things we learned from the fixture.
Shyam Kamal
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Modified 08 Mar 2018, 08:27 IST

#4 Pocchetino's lack of substitutions

Pocchetino failed to adapt after conceding and Spurs lost the plot

On the other side of the spectrum lay Mauricio Pocchetino's stubborn refusal to make substitutions. The two managers could not have been more contrasting in this respect.

In Pocchetino's defense, he did everything right until they went behind. Son's goal was just the cherry on top of a pleasing Tottenham performance - Dembele and Dier effectively neutralised Pjanic, Khedira and Matuidi; Son found a lot of space on the flanks which he made ample use of; Sanchez and Vertonghen commanded the air with confidence; Everything was alright and nothing hurt.

It was only after going behind, only after Pocchetino got under pressure, that his demeanor resembled that of a man who was clueless. It took him too long to make his subs - Lamela didn't come in till the 73rd minute and Llorente got only 5 minutes to get the equaliser.

Where was Wanyama? He should have been utilised in midfield after the first goal to compensate the new 5-man midfield of Juventus. He could have brought in Danny Rose to get some fresh legs in defense. Pocchetino completely dropped the ball on this and this is something he should seek to improve on.

Published 08 Mar 2018, 05:40 IST
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