The champions league was in full flow yesterday as Tottenham Hotspurs and Juventus clashed at Wembley and what a riveting encounter its was. Both teams were coming to the game on the back of good Domestic league Form and not forgetting both sides ended the 1st leg in a 2-2 stalemate it promised to be a tens night. They both flew out of the starting block looking to bloody each other’s nose first and it was Spurs through the enigmatic Korean Son that landed the first Blow.
But one of the key ingredients for success in this tough comptition is Experience and the English side paid dearly for lacking it. Spurs tried to smash Juve out of the park, to put two, three or even four past one of the most decorated clubs in the competition. They really tried but failed to keep concentration at key moments.
Juventus, masters at this level, dished out a brutal, ruthless lesson in the art of European football. Even after going behind they just kept at it tried their level best not to panic and trusted their manager.
Juve even when Heung-Min Son had wembley jumping when he beat Gianluigi Buffon from close range 39 minutes Juventus, finalists in two of the last three seasons under their clever coach Massimiliano Allegri, kept their composure. The manager seeing his team were not being Dangerous enough made 2 key subs bringing in Asamoah and Leinchsteiner to provide width. This proved a masterlass as Juventus all of a sudden began to look threatening.
When Gonzalo Higuain scored Juve’s equaliser 64 minutes into this gripping tie, everybody wearing a Spurs shirt at Wembley knew what would happen next.
Higuain scores first goal to equalize on the night.
Three minutes later it came to pass, with Paulo Dybala rippling Hugo Lloris’ net with a pearler from the instep of his left boot.
After that, there would be no way back.
Even when Harry Kane hit the inside of Buffon’s post deep into stoppage time at the end of second half, Andrea Barzagli somehow booted the ball clear.
Within seconds those Juventus players were sprinting up the other end of the pitch to salute thousands of travelling fans.
Tottenham players, sinking to their knees in despair, could only look on as those yellow shirts started jumping up and down.
Pochettino side blew this, strangled by Juventus when these Italians started showing a little bit more adventure after the break.
The biggest clubs, the Real Madrid’s, the Barcelona’s, the Juve’s of this world, have the ability to pull these ties out of the bag.
Juve soaked it all up, allowing Tottenham and their frenzied fans in to get all excitable with their spirited first half lead.
Then they come for you.
Tottenham were done all ends up by the craft, the expertise, the chicanery of one of European football’s most successful sides.
They are out in the second round, just like a second tier team exiting the Champions League alongside Basle, Porto and Paris Saint Germain.
To watch Juve defend after Dybala’s strike was to watch a masterclass.
Giorgio Chellini and Medhi Benatia, these two wise, wily old heads at the heart of Juve’s defence, were unshakeable back there.
Buffon, beaten by Son’s first half strike, could not be beaten again.
He conceded 39 minutes in, with Son steering Kieran Trippier’s cross beyond the Italian great with a shinned effort
Son deserved it, monstering Barzagli every time he sprinted down the left in that first half.They had stayed true to their attacking principles, just as Poch promised when he urged his players to leave this place as heroes.
Spurs could have won it late on but an Unlucky header from Kane came off the post but cleared of the line with no Spurs player on hand to take advantage.
Spurs can hold their head up high, they went toe to toe with one of europe’s best and were not disgraced.