On a disastrous night for Tottenham, the London club were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages with one game left to play on their comeback in the competition. It was possible that defeat in Monaco would see them knocked out but Falcao’s penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris to give Spurs hope.
After half time, strikes from Djibril Sidibe and Thomas Lamar either side of a Harry Kane penalty sentenced Pochettino’s team to a fight for the Europa League in the final match of the group stages. Lamar’s winning goal came less than a minute after Kane converted, much to the frustration of Mauricio Pochettino on the sidelines.
The White Hart Lane outfit now face a CSKA Moscow at Wembley in their final fixture of the group stages, with a point needed in order to guarantee a place in the Europa League, while defeat would see them finish bottom of their group and eliminated entirely. It could be an embarrassing affair for the club with a pitiful attendance expected in a stadium capable of holding 90,000 fans for the December clash.
It comes as a disappointment given that the Premier League club were expected to qualify in a group featuring Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco and CSKA Moscow, as they avoided many of the big clubs in the group stage draw and were among the favourites to reach the knockout stages.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the result…
There was no shortage of criticism for the team…
Absolutely dreadful Champions League campaign from Tottenham. Performances abject and Pochettino has got it all wrong.
— Greg Stobart (@gstobart) November 22, 2016
We played so well last season to achieve CL football and we go and put in 5 performances like that. Absolutely embarrassing
— THFC Fans (@THFC__Fans) November 22, 2016
Many questioned Pochettino’s rotation policy…
PL teams are weird. Spurs resting players in the Champions League so they can concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League next year.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) November 22, 2016
#thfc If Vertonghen has indeed been rested for Chelsea, what must he be thinking, after 4 years of trying to get to this stage with Spurs?
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) November 22, 2016
Others were concerned by the inconsistency of the team’s performances…
I've been a Spurs fan for a long time now & I can honestly say I can't remember 2 successive performances of such complete ineptitude #THFC
— HiggyHotspur (@NickHiggy4) November 22, 2016
The only player to avoid criticism was Hugo Lloris…
If Tottenham somehow wriggle through this, they'll owe it all to Hugo Lloris. What an astonishing save!
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 22, 2016
Hugo Lloris didn't deserve to go out the CL, could play for any club arguably in the world, wouldn't blame him if he don't hang about#THFC
— Ricky Sacks ? (@RickSpur) November 22, 2016
@SpursOfficial Each outfield player should write a heartfelt letter of apology to Hugo Lloris because my god he did not deserve that.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) November 22, 2016
But Spurs must wave goodbye for now…
There’s just one more game to take care of…
@HotspurTickets I've 80k tickets for CSKA at Wembley, face value.
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) November 22, 2016
Not that opposition fans are too worried…
Problem with Spurs being dumped out of the Champions League is that there is just so much potential for banter, I don't know where to start.
— FK ?? (@fkhanage) November 22, 2016
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