It was a frustrating night in Greece for Tottenham as they surrendered a 2-0 lead to secure just a point against Olympiakos – but there plight would have been compounded by Kieran Trippier’s display in Spain.
Spurs looked lacklustre and devoid of any creation when Olympiakos pegged back Harry Kane and Lucas Moura’s first-half goals. It led to Gary Lineker coining the performance, “a bit Spursy” after the match.
Before the match, Mauricio Pochettino had to decide who to play on the right side of defence with Serge Aurier missing. He chould choose either Kyle Walker-Peters or Davinson Sanchez, and went with the latter.
A centre-back, the Coloombian struggled on the right and looked like a player out of position. It was a poor decision by Pochettino to start Sanchez over Walker-Peters, but an even worse one looks to be offloading Trippier.
The England international joined Atleti for £22million (ESPN) in the summer, and has since shone. The defender, who is celebrating his 29th birthday on Thursday, has been excellent in red and white stripes.
Indeed, he has picked up three wins and two clean sheets in his opening four matches before Wednesday night’s outing against Juventus. Trippier and Atleti did the same as Olympiacos and come from two down to draw 2-2.
But it was Trippier’s incredible creativity that engineered a result. He supplied a stunning corner for Hector Herrera to head home, as well as being the most creative player in the Champions League’s first round of fixtures – as per Opta Joe.
7 – Kieran Trippier created seven chances for Atlético Madrid against Juventus, the most by any player on MD1 of this season's UEFA Champions League. Creative. pic.twitter.com/nGLMk4D7Ov
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 19, 2019
The former Manchester and Burnley defender managed all of this, despite marking arguably the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo. A serious performance from a player that Spurs fans had written off last term.
His excellent display for Atletico will be more salt on the wounds of Tottenham, who struggled to a point in Greece without a recognised right-back on the pitch. He needs replacing, and as soon as possible.