‘We knew Tottenham were weak in defence and mentally fragile’ – Giorgio Chiellini on Juventus’ Champions League win


Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini provided a brutal evaluation of Tottenham’s European credentials after knocking Spurs out of the Champions League.

The Serie A facet, finalists twice within the final three seasons, claimed a 2-1 victory at Wembley on Wednesday night time to e-book their quarter-final place and finish Tottenham’s desires of a shock title.

Tottenham went into the sport realizing a clear sheet would see them by means of, following their 2-2 attract Turin within the first leg.

They began properly as Heung-Min Son fired the hosts forward within the first-half however Juventus got here roaring again after the break, with objectives from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala within the house of three minutes sealing a Three-2 combination win.

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The end result was a giant disgrace for Spurs, who got here near a late equaliser when Harry Kane’s header hit the publish, but many are positive to assert it’s one other instance of Tottenham as perennial bottlers.

Chiellini counseled Spurs’ efficiency and run in Europe this season, however did admit that the membership’s historical past of “always missing something at the end” performed into the Italians’ palms.

“Tottenham proved to be a great team,” mentioned the centre-back, who put in an commanding efficiency on the again for Juve.

“I believe they’re lacking little or no in changing into top-of-the-line groups in Europe. Perhaps some expertise. Just a few years in the past we had been in the identical place, and reaching two finals within the final three seasons helped us to higher deal with these sorts of video games.

“It’s the historical past of Tottenham. They at all times create many probabilities and rating a lot, however in the long run they miss [lack] one thing.

“We imagine within the historical past. I believe additionally yesterday within the sport between Actual and Paris, the historical past is essential. Spurs simply want that little one thing to start out profitable video games like this – a trophy, a spark, a one thing.

“When you may’t win with nice football, you must discover one other route.”

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Chiellini added that Juventus had been at all times assured of coming again into the sport and provided a harsh evaluation of Tottenham’s again 4, who had been uncovered when Dybala broke away to web the winner within the second-half.

“We knew Spurs had been weak in defence and had been mentally fragile,” he advised ITV Sport.

“At half-time we told ourselves that we had to remain calm despite suffering so much, because our chances would come.”

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