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'Rattled' Spurs 'Pay For Inexperience' As Juve Brace Sends Them Packing

By Eoin Lyons
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It was all going so well for Tottenham Hotspur, leading Juventus following a scrappy Son goal in the first half, they looked to be cruising as Juve collected booking after booking.

But after a quick fire brace of goals from the Bianconeri, Spurs found themselves staring down the barrel of a Champions League defeat and were not able to claw their way back into the game, and despite a goal mouth scramble late on, Juventus held on to claim an impressive turnaround.

In the RTÉ studio, both Dietmar Hamman and Damien Duff blamed Spurs' exit on their lack of experience at Champions League level, especially coming up against a side with such pedigree as Juventus. Hamann was up first and questioned Tottenham's approach to the second half:

Maybe they should have been a bit more cautious, play a bit more on the counter attack. I think they were in two minds in the second half, they didn't know whether to go for the second goal or sit back and defend that one-nil lead.

We talked about it before inexperience. I think today they paid for their inexperience. I think that (the defeat) was down to not knowing what to do in that situation.


Duff echoed Hamman's sentiments citing Juve's 'nous' and 'knowhow' as the reasons for their progression at Tottenham's expense:

They've done a job on them. It reminds me a bit of last night Madrid and Juve, that experience that history, that nous, that knowhow. They turned over the new guys on the block.

Duff stated that when the chips were down and Spurs needed a goal they couldn't find the composure to get themselves back in the game:

Tonight that goal went in, they had absolutely everything to lose they looked absolutely rattled for me.

You can watch the panel's analysis below:


Giorgio Chiellini, who put in a Richard Dunne-esque performance strengthened the panels points, nodding to Spurs' propensity for conceding chances in games as well as Juventus' experience in the competition: "The history is important, the experience is important and tonight we use our skill to arrive at the win".

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