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.
A two away goal advantage was not enough to save Tottenham from crashing out of the UEFA Champions League, as they were defeated 1-2 at home (3-4 on aggregate) to a rejuvenated Juventus side.
Despite going 1-0 up in the first half, Spurs failed to capitalize on it. It was far from a 'bottling' job, but it wasn't what you'd expect of a team that beat Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stage.
It was characteristic of the Spurs side that has drawn praise and criticism in equal proportions over the last couple of years - all show but no substance in the end.
#5 Allegri's timely substitutions
There is simply no denying the fact that it was the substitutes who decided the game in Juventus' favor. For the first hour, Juventus looked nothing like the team they were rumored to be - misplaced passes, a non-existent midfield and a shaky defense.
It was only when Lichtsteiner and Asamoah came in, thereby Juventus switching from four at the back to their preferred three at the back that they started to threaten. Lichtsteiner was the man responsible for their first goal - his run down the right wing before finding Khedira paved the way for victory.
Lichtsteiner also completed 2 dribbles while Asamoah managed one and Asamoah also won 2 crucial aerial duels. More than the numbers, it was the way in which they changed the dynamic of the whole game that mattered. Juventus transformed from a side that had no idea going forward into a team that scored twice in the space of three minutes after their arrival.
To quote the man himself; "In the second half, I decided that we needed fresh legs on the flanks, so I put Asamoah and Lichtsteiner in. I'm happy it paid off". Who knew managers could win you games?