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Tottenham Hotspur must add experience to side to win silverware

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Tottenham Hotspur must add experience to side to win silverware

Tottenham Hotspur lacked the experience of Juventus in their Champions League clash.

Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated from the Champions League last night. Two quick fire goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala gave Juventus a 2-1 win at Wembley and a 4-3 aggregate win in the tie.

It was a harsh result for Spurs. Over the two legs, Tottenham were the better team. But in the end two spells of poor defending cost Tottenham, with the first-leg goals also coming in quick succession.

One other key aspect that seemed to cost Tottenham was experience. After the game Mauricio Pochettino suggested that this was not the case. But just looking at the performances of some Juve players last night suggests otherwise.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Harry Kane of Tottenham applauds the supporters following his teams 1-2 defeat during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on March 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli were magnificent at the back. The introduction of veteran full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner gave Juve a big boost. Higuain, wiley as ever.

All four players over 30-years-old and it might be wise for Tottenham to start considering some older heads.

Signing players over 30 is not something Tottenham do. Financially it seems a waste to bring in a player for the short-term.

But in defence and midfield in particular Tottenham could use a player, in their mid-30s, who has played Champions League football before.

Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino did break the mould with the signing of Fernando Llorente in the summer. But it is players of a certain age with those leadership traits that Juve had in abundance that Tottenham must look for.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on March 7, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The youthful effort of this Tottenham side is commendable but when they went 2-1 down there did seem to be a lack of leaders. Harry Kane tried to rally the troops, as Heung-min Son. But Tottenham had no Chiellini, no general to march them forward.

Plenty of top veterans will be available in the summer as contracts wind down. If Tottenham want to win silverware it might be time to bring in such players to command the troops.

In time many of these Spurs players will be great leaders, but right now they seem to be lacking.

On a day like last night it appeared to be the very narrow difference between getting the better of Juventus and heading out of the Champions League.

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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