It might take Tottenham Hotspur some time to recover from last night’s stunning defeat to Juventus in the Champions League.
Leading 3-2 on aggregate with less than 30 minutes remaining, Spurs had the quarter-final in their sights.
That was until Massimiliano Allegri’s men stepped up and showed just why they’ve been in the final of the Champions League in two of the past three seasons.
Goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala flipped the tie on its head and Gianluigi Buffon and Giorgio Chiellini did the rest, preventing Spurs from scoring the goal that would have taken the tie to extra-time.
It was a fantastic encounter and a reminder of just how important experience is in the Champions League.
“The lads and club deserve compliments for what they’ve been doing over the last few years,” Allegri said after the match.
“It was a prestigious victory at a stadium like Wembley. We waited for the right time, showed patience and won the game. Over the two legs, I think our qualification was deserved.”
What Hugo Lloris said before the match
What’s perhaps most disappointing for Tottenham is that there was a belief that this team could make an impact in Europe.
Indeed, Hugo Lloris wanted the opportunity to show the rest of the competition just what Spurs are all about.
Speaking just one day before the match, the goalkeeper said the return fixture at Wembley Stadium presented the perfect chance to “show the real face of Tottenham”.
“Juventus have played in two of the last three finals in this competition, so it is a great moment to show the real face of Tottenham,” Lloris said.
Considering Tottenham’s bottle has been questioned more than once in recent years, Lloris was always going to be mocked after the “real” Spurs showed up.
Pochettino: We have many more games to play
There’s still plenty for Tottenham to play for this season. The FA Cup always presented the best opportunity for Tottenham to end their long wait for silverware, while a top four finish isn’t guaranteed.
That is what Mauricio Pochettino will remind his players as Tottenham overcome this setback.
“Only we can count less than three minutes if you now praise a lot of the play but I think it was a little bit unfair to concede these two goals,” the Argentinian said at full-time.
“That is football. Keep going and now to try to see the future, a lot of games ahead to play, two competitions and in football you cannot stop.”