Tottenham player ratings as Son shines but full-backs falter in defeat to Juventus

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Juventus came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 in the Champions League round-of-16 second-leg clash at Wembley.

The hosts came into the fixture holding the upper hand thanks to a 2-2 draw in Turin in the first leg.

After Son Heung-min gave the hosts the lead, quick-fire strikes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala saw the Juventus emerge victorious.

The Italian giants progress to the quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win.

Here are our player ratings:

STARTING XI

Hugo Lloris – 5: Didn’t make a single save and there was little he could do for the two goals.

Kieran Trippier – 5: Got the assist for Spurs but failed to track Higuain and then Dybala for the goals.

Davinson Sanchez – 6: Solid for Spurs but was drawn into Higuain as Dybala was slipped in.

Jan Vertonghen – 6: Was lucky not to give away a penalty in the first half after a challenge on Douglas Costa.

Ben Davies – 4: Was caught napping and played Dybala onside for the winner. Struggled thereafter.

Mousa Dembele – 8: Bossed the midfield in the first half but didn’t have the same command after going behind.

Eric Dier – 6: Disappointing with his passing and gave the ball away cheaply at various points.

Christian Eriksen – 7: Pulled the strings in the final third and created a host of chances. Typically busy

Dele Alli – 6: Kicked around as Juve couldn’t keep up. Endured more hurt than he inflicted on the defence though.

Son Heung-Min – 8: Scored the opener and always a threat. Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

Harry Kane – 6: Had the beating of Juve’s aging centre-backs initially but they came to grips with him in the second half.

SUBS

Erik Lamela – 5: Couldn’t make the ball stick in possession.

Fernando Llorente – N/A: Tried to exercise his aerial threat but never managed to.

Son Heung-Min (R)

Son Heung-Min (R)

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Tottenham fell tantalisingly short of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals after crashing out in heartbreaking fashion to Juventus.

They built on their 2-2 draw from the first leg by taking a 1-0 lead at home on Wednesday through Son Heung-min’s first-half goal, but quick-fire goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala turned the tie on its head, ultimately seeing Juventus through.

Here’s a look at how the two managers fared.

STATS

Tottenham

Goals – 1

Shots – 23

Possession – 54%

Tackles – 12

Dribbles – 16

Juventus

Goals – 2

Shots – 9

Possession – 46%

Tackles – 22

Dribbles – 14

30-SECOND REPORT

Pochettino

Pochettino played a 4-3-3, asking his players to seize the moment rather than relying on a tactical masterstroke. In the first half, they did just that, as they built on their first-leg performance to take the lead and looked certain to advance.

However, Spurs’ inability – or unwillingness – to shut up shop cost them, a failure to extend their lead was punished when their defence was left exposed.

Allegri

Responding to Spurs’ midfield domination from the first leg, Allegri opted for a 4-3-3 with two defensive-minded central midfielders in Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi alongside Miralem Pjanic. Yet in the first half, the story was much the same as the game in Turin.

But Juventus grew into the game in the second half after the introduction of left-back Kwadwo Asamoah added balance to the side, and they duly turned the tie around with two quick goals.

TACTICAL TALKING POINTS

Pochettino

ATTACKING THRUST

Pochettino could have played for a 0-0, but he stuck to his guns and Spurs started the game as if they needed a goal more than Juventus. It paid off initially, as they took a 1-0 lead into half-time.

But 1-0 was always precarious – Spurs needed a second goal to feel secure. Their search for one left them defensively vulnerable, and a tactical switch from Juve allowed the visitors to exploit that and turn the game on its head.

Son Heung-min had given Spurs what looked like a decisive lead.

Son Heung-min had given Spurs what looked like a decisive lead.

Allegri

FRONT THREE

Dybala and Douglas Costa started either side of Gonzalo Higuain up front, with the Argentine stationed nominally on the left. The set-up often left Juve’s attack looking disjointed and lopsided, as neither Dybala nor Costa really linked up with Higuain.

Dybala’s tendency to pop up in the middle or even on the right, meant the left side of Juve’s attack was largely non-existent. There was too much ground for full-back Alex Sandro to cover, and Blaise Matuidi looked uncomfortable drifting out to the left to offer width.

SUBSTITUTION

Replacing Matuidi with Kwadwo Asamoah and moving Andrea Barzagli into the middle with Stephan Lichtsteiner slotting in at right-back with Mehdi Benatia coming off instantly changed the game. The Swiss international’s cross led to the equaliser.

Meanwhile, Sandro was allowed to be more involved in the attack, driving the rest of the midfield forward, and making Dybala’s free role more fruitful as there was someone taking up the spaces he vacated.

Dybala's goal sent Juve into the quarterfinals.

Dybala’s goal sent Juve into the quarterfinals.

VERDICT

Pochettino

It’s understandable that Pochettino didn’t want to upset Spurs’ momentum when they were 1-0 up and dominating, even if other managers may have shut up shop at half-time. But not doing so once it became 1-1 was naive, and it cost Tottenham.

Rating – 6/10

Allegri

The Juventus manager didn’t get his tactics right to start with, but when he finally realised how to fix it, the impact was instant. Rarely do substitutions change a tie so dramatically as Allegri’s decision to bring on Asamoah and Lichtsteiner.

Rating – 8/10

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On target: Higuain

Tottenham’s Champions League dream was ended by a second-half sucker-punch from Italian champions Juventus.

Spurs, leading 1-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate through Son Heung-min’s goal, were half an hour from reaching the quarter-finals and proving that finally they belong among Europe’s heavyweights.

But two goals in three minutes from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala floored Mauricio Pochettino’s side as their European run finally came to a halt with a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

It was a brave display from Spurs, who came agonisingly close to forcing extra time when Harry Kane hit a post with a minute to play, but Champions League glory will have to wait for another year at least.

Having battled back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin last month, Tottenham knew a clean sheet would be enough to finish the job and add Juve to the scalps of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Yet Spurs were never likely to sit back and in a breakneck start from the hosts, Son had a snap-shot palmed out by veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon with the rebound just evading Kane and Dele Alli.

Kane then surged past Giorgio Chiellini and rounded Buffon only to uncharacteristically find the sidenetting, albeit from an admittedly tight angle.

Tottenham had a major let-off when Douglas Costa raced past Jan Vertonghen and was clearly tripped by the Spurs defender, but to the disbelief of the Juve players Polish referee Szymon Marciniak gave nothing.

Meanwhile, Son had been riled by a tangle with Andrea Barzagli, who trod on the forward twice as he lay on the floor following a barge in the back.

He exacted revenge six minutes before half-time, moments after drilling a shot across goal and wide after being sent through by Alli.

That looked a big miss, but barely 30 seconds later the South Korean made amends, arriving at the far post to convert a low cross from Kieran Trippier.

It was not the cleanest of strikes, Son scuffing the ball into the turf before it spun and looped in between Chiellini and Buffon, but it elicited the almighiest of roars around Wembley.

Juve now had 45 minutes to save their European season – and in the 64th minute they gave themselves a chance.

Higuain, the man who should probably have put the first leg out of Tottenham’s reach but for some poor misses, this time made no mistake when he hooked in Sami Khedira’s header at the far post.

And barely three minutes later Juve had turned the tie on its head, Dybala – who missed the first leg through injury – racing through onto Higuain’s pass and dispatching his shot across the exposed Hugo Lloris into the net.

Spurs tried to rouse themselves again but found Chiellini in their way, the defender whipping the ball from Kane’s foot as he went to tap in Son’s cross.

Son was inches wide with a curler before Kane’s header came back off a post and bounced on the line, only to be hacked clear by Barzagli in a dramatic finale which spelled heartbreak for Spurs.

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