A Juve sucker punch saw Spurs fall out of this season’s Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday night, the Italians pushing the laws of the game to their limits and showing an experience that Spurs still lack in seeing out a game.
Few could argue that Tottenham deserved the quarter-final place based on our performances over the two ties, yet this morning Pochettino’s men find themselves wondering what might have been.
Here’s my assessment of each players performance and a score out of ten based on that summary. Let us know whether you agree, as well as your own thoughts on the game in the comments section below.
Hugo Lloris – Hugo had a relatively quiet game and it could be argued that the majority of his touches were with his feet rather than his hands. Despite this he finds himself on the receiving end of two goals conceded, both fine finishes, both would be harsh to criticise our captain for. Score 6/10
Ben Davies – The Welshman took the left-back slot ahead of Danny Rose, a mistake in hindsight, as Davies found himself exposed with a lack of pace in the second half in particular. Having had a solid season thus far Davies has replaced Rose with a minimum of fuss and some solid defending, however, against a top European side he looks a fish out of water on this evidence. Score 5/10
Davinson Sanchez – Another fine display from the former Ajax man. Sanchez’s pace and positioning rescued Spurs on a couple of occasions and despite Spurs looking wide open when Juve scored, the big man can hold his head high. Great things to come. Score 7/10
Jan Vertonghen – Big Jan is another example of a player who, having had a fine season, came up short on the big stage. The Belgian has been superb in the absence of Alderweireld this season, forming a solid partnership with Sanchez and looking back to the form we witnessed when he first arrived at the Lane. Against Juve passes were misplaced, leaving Spurs on the back foot, lacking the gamecraft we would expect someone of Jan’s experience to provide to his younger defensive partner. Still love Vertonghen as a player, let’s hope this was a blip. Score 5/10
Kieran Trippier – A game of two halves for another of this season’s success stories. You could take my earlier comments on Davies and paste for Tripper in this game. Started brightly and looked sharp, providing an attacking thrust as Spurs pushed forward. As the game wore on his lack of pace saw him, and the defence, exposed. Score 6/10
Mousa Dembele – Despite Son’s goal and performance Dembele ran the show for Spurs. Juve found it impossible to knock the Belgian off the ball and it would be hard to find another player who could offer Spurs the same confidence and composure. Score 8/10
Eric Dier – Big Eric has been an unsung hero in his time at Spurs, playing in multiple positions across the pitch and always giving 100 percent. Unfortunately found himself unable to cope with Juve’s pressing in the second half and fell quiet during long periods. Score 6/10
Hueng-min Son – I love this guy. When called upon Sonny is always up for the challenge. Passion, pace, take-on’s and a smile. Although his finish was scuffed it is just one of the many highlight’s this season. A new contract must surely be on its way for our South Korean master. Score 7/10
Christian Eriksen – A very quiet night from what has been one if our most influential players this season. Never got into the game and it’s often said that when Eriksen performs, Spurs perform. A big end to the season needed from our Dane. Score 5/10
Dele Alli – Alli provided much of the forward thrust for Spurs on a big night at Wembley. Despite a few rash tackles and Juve ‘stamps’ the England midfielder remained composed, linking the play with Kane/Son and proved too much for the experienced Italian side to handle for the most part. Score 7/10
Harry Kane – Hard to write anything critical of our star man after the season he has had. On many occasions this season Harry has carried us through and many of those in the Champions League. The England striker was quiet by his standards last night but his hold up play and fight doesn’t diminish. Score 6/10