Mauricio Pochettino tool Sky Sports precisely what the Flat Earthers wanted to hear. “Against a very good team like Juventus we dominated – overall in the two games we were much better – but at this level in three minutes the tie went for Juventus.”
If Poch was describing the sinking of the Titanic, he’d give you an hour and half of prefacing remarks outlining how good the ship was mechanically whilst describing the splendour of the interior.
This is the same garbage being peddled after the cup final loss to Chelsea where we won the game on possession stats. No mention of them scoring twice as many goals as us.
The closest this cretin got to straight talking was fantasising about a different result. “It was unlucky, because if Harry scores at the end, and the chances we had at the first half, maybe we are talking in a different way, but that is football and it’s about the result.”
No mention of his managerial and tactical inadequacy.
Poch also went on to boast that there was no lack of experience or concentration from Spurs. Which only serves to further emphasise how inadequate the Argentine is. Then this is Poch who is taking care to talk to a very specific element of the support.
The naivety of a team comes from the manager. Not the terraces or the coach driver. For the fits half the plan was clearly to get a goal. After Son scored there was a distinct outbreak of general gormless-ness which saw no tactical response to conceding their first goal.
It didn’t take the Italians long top see the how wide the door was left open and within minutes the second goal flew in.
So it took 2 goals to shake Poch up. Except it didn’t Hair Dye Man waited and waited and then on the 74th minute swapped the mentally and physically pedestrian Eric Dier for the implausibly lightweight Erik Lamela.
Most baffling of all was then waiting until the 86th minute to hook the dreadful waste of flesh that is Dele Alli. More of him in the player analysis.
The introduction of Llorente was Jol-esque in it’s utter irrelevance. Mat as well have sent me on. I’d only had 5 pints and a pair of large gold watches at that stage.
Spurs wandered around like Japanese tourists who got off the tube at the wrong station and instead of pottering about taking photos of Big Ben by night, they found themselves wandering up Coldharbour Lane waiting to have their watches, wallets and cameras snatched.
Wastefulness played a part, as did a truly dull offering in the creative stakes from our midfield. Pinning the blame on someone, anyone isn’t usually a particularly honest or helpful exercise. However in this instance, Poichettino needs to stop mumbling about Juve’s few minutes of madness as if somehow he’d nipped out for a sandwich during that bit.
Mauricio has significant form for being sluggish with substitutions, but a greater concern is is his lack of mental agility generally. On an upbeat note, at least we’ll be spared the ‘Best Young Coach In Europe’ twaddle for a while. Not for long, but a while at least.