Saturday 18 August 2018

'They all got carried away' - John Giles says 'cocky' Pochettino partly to blame for Spurs defeat

Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 7, 2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley
Soccer Football - Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg - Tottenham Hotspur vs Juventus - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - March 7, 2018 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

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John Giles says that Mauricio Pochettino underestimated Juventus in last night's Champions League last 16 second leg, and that Spurs were eliminated because they 'got carried away' after a positive result in Turin.

Pochettino's side had the upper hand in the tie after leaving Italy with a 2-2 draw following the first leg, and looked to be on course for the last eight last night after leading 1-0 on the night at the hour mark.

However, a two-goal blitz from Juventus dumped the home side out of the competition, and speaking on Off The Ball tonight, Giles said that some of the blame lays at the feet of the manager.

"I think Pochettino got a bit cocky after last week," Giles said.

"When I was reading the papers generally they were saying it was an old team, playing for Juventus. Pochettino said Dembele reminded him of Maradona. That's nonsense.

"Dembele played well in the match away and they got a good result but they all got carried away, the manager included.

"What people forgot was that Juventus were 2-0 up and missed a penalty. I think they underestimated them and Pochettino was surprised. I think he got carried away - we are going to Wembley, we are playing well. I think they had it in their mind that this game was won."

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