6 Things We Learned From Juventus' Dramatic 3 Minute Undoing of Tottenham in Their Own Back Yard

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The UEFA Champions League dream is dead for another if you're a Spurs fan. Listen, you're not really going to want to revisit the depressing capitulation, the three minutes of madness that unravelled all of your hopes, or that plucky Argentine duo that made it all happen; that's understandable. However, life is a lesson. And you learn from your (or your team's) mistakes. So educate yourself. Here's 6 things we learned from 'that night in Wembley': Alright, now that the first English team has...

<p>Alright, now that the first English team has been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League everyone can get over that annoying bigheadedness that the Premier League sides are automatically the best set of teams in the competition just because there's so many of them.</p> <br><p>Liverpool are in the quarter finals after playing farmers, as are Manchester City. Manchester United have favourable tie at Old Trafford to play, and are expected to go through.</p> <br><p>However, Chelsea need something amazing to get past Barcelona, and Spurs have just been turned over by Juventus in the space of three minutes. Yeah English teams are good, but are they at the level that everyone in the UK thinks they are? Probably not. Accept it.</p>
Premier League Reality Check

Alright, now that the first English team has been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League everyone can get over that annoying bigheadedness that the Premier League sides are automatically the best set of teams in the competition just because there's so many of them.


Liverpool are in the quarter finals after playing farmers, as are Manchester City. Manchester United have favourable tie at Old Trafford to play, and are expected to go through.


However, Chelsea need something amazing to get past Barcelona, and Spurs have just been turned over by Juventus in the space of three minutes. Yeah English teams are good, but are they at the level that everyone in the UK thinks they are? Probably not. Accept it.

<p>Ready for a bit of controversy? Dembele might be a bit overrated. Boom. Full stop.</p> <br><p>A few weeks ago Pochettino likened him to the great Diego Maradona. On Wednesday however, he was almost non-existent. The Belgian managed about four touches in the first half - when his side were in control.</p> <br><p>'It's an off game, every player has them!' - Good point. But was it? Playing against Premier League opposition, and running the show against teams that sit deep against you and let you have space is much different to a highly organised Juventus side; and that showed on Wednesday.</p> <br><p>'But he bossed it against Juventus first leg!' - Sure he did. But at that point Juventus were 2-0 and setting up shop - little pressure on him, lots of time and space. Like previously stated, Juve made the comeback easy.</p> <br><p>Tonight they may have exposed Dembele...</p>
Is Mousa Dembele Overrated?

Ready for a bit of controversy? Dembele might be a bit overrated. Boom. Full stop.


A few weeks ago Pochettino likened him to the great Diego Maradona. On Wednesday however, he was almost non-existent. The Belgian managed about four touches in the first half - when his side were in control.


'It's an off game, every player has them!' - Good point. But was it? Playing against Premier League opposition, and running the show against teams that sit deep against you and let you have space is much different to a highly organised Juventus side; and that showed on Wednesday.


'But he bossed it against Juventus first leg!' - Sure he did. But at that point Juventus were 2-0 and setting up shop - little pressure on him, lots of time and space. Like previously stated, Juve made the comeback easy.


Tonight they may have exposed Dembele...

<p>Go back to the final whistle of the first leg. Tottenham have just shown they're ready to play with the big boys by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw against Juventus. Credit where it's due; that was brilliant.</p> <br><p>But Wednesday night showed how Juventus are on another level to Tottenham. The squad is bursting with experience compared to Tottenham's relative youth. Spurs came out flying, but other than their goal, they never really capitalised on the momentum - even in the early stages of the second half.</p> <br><p>The visitors knew that if they drew level they would be in with a shout. 63 minutes - equalizer. Spurs heads drop. 66 minutes - Juventus capitalise on it; 2-1. Spurs heads plummet.</p> <br><p>From there on, Tottenham looked a side that had been knocked out of the Champions League.</p> <br><p>That never say die attitude required to be amongst Europe's very best isn't quite there yet for Mauricio Pochettino's men - but it will come soon enough.</p>
Tottenham Prove They're Still Not Amongst the European Elite

Go back to the final whistle of the first leg. Tottenham have just shown they're ready to play with the big boys by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to draw against Juventus. Credit where it's due; that was brilliant.


But Wednesday night showed how Juventus are on another level to Tottenham. The squad is bursting with experience compared to Tottenham's relative youth. Spurs came out flying, but other than their goal, they never really capitalised on the momentum - even in the early stages of the second half.


The visitors knew that if they drew level they would be in with a shout. 63 minutes - equalizer. Spurs heads drop. 66 minutes - Juventus capitalise on it; 2-1. Spurs heads plummet.


From there on, Tottenham looked a side that had been knocked out of the Champions League.


That never say die attitude required to be amongst Europe's very best isn't quite there yet for Mauricio Pochettino's men - but it will come soon enough.

<p>Anyone could've been forgiven for not knowing either Gonzalo Higuain or Paulo Dybala were playing for the first hour, but give them one little sniff and they'll snap up any opportunity given to them.</p> <br><p>Is that the definition of world class? The supposed 'best striker on the planet' Harry Kane was given a similar opportunity in the 89th minute... he hit the post.</p>
Gonzalo Higuain & Paulo Dybala Are Ruthless

Anyone could've been forgiven for not knowing either Gonzalo Higuain or Paulo Dybala were playing for the first hour, but give them one little sniff and they'll snap up any opportunity given to them.


Is that the definition of world class? The supposed 'best striker on the planet' Harry Kane was given a similar opportunity in the 89th minute... he hit the post.

<p>If there's one Spurs player who can be proud of his performance against the Old Lady, it's Son Heung-Min. The Korean had Andrea Barzagli on toast throughout the first half, and well and truly deserved his goal.</p> <br><p>Playing in a Spurs team that receives most attention on the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Son goes severely underrated.</p> <br><p>That isn't to say he goes unnoticed. He gets noticed, and he earns plaudits. However, before the game, if you asked who would be the player that makes the difference in that Spurs side - all fingers would point to the likes of Mousa Dembele, Kane, Alli and Eriksen.</p> <br><p>Son was a cut above the rest on Wednesday night, and against such quality opposition, that needs to be recognised.</p>
Son Heung-Min Is Also Exceptional

If there's one Spurs player who can be proud of his performance against the Old Lady, it's Son Heung-Min. The Korean had Andrea Barzagli on toast throughout the first half, and well and truly deserved his goal.


Playing in a Spurs team that receives most attention on the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Son goes severely underrated.


That isn't to say he goes unnoticed. He gets noticed, and he earns plaudits. However, before the game, if you asked who would be the player that makes the difference in that Spurs side - all fingers would point to the likes of Mousa Dembele, Kane, Alli and Eriksen.


Son was a cut above the rest on Wednesday night, and against such quality opposition, that needs to be recognised.

<p>He may be 33-years-old, and Steven Gerrard may have been slating the Italian stalwart ahead of kick-off, but Giorgio Chiellini was truly outstanding against Tottenham.</p> <br><p>The physical centre half took a grip of the game from the first whistle and refused to let go until full time. </p> <br><p>When most people his age would be wilting, he marshalled his own box against the likes of Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente in the dying minutes as if his life depended on it.</p> <br><p>Chiellini is one hell of a player, and he proved that again tonight.</p>
Giorgio Chiellini Still Has it

He may be 33-years-old, and Steven Gerrard may have been slating the Italian stalwart ahead of kick-off, but Giorgio Chiellini was truly outstanding against Tottenham.


The physical centre half took a grip of the game from the first whistle and refused to let go until full time.


When most people his age would be wilting, he marshalled his own box against the likes of Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente in the dying minutes as if his life depended on it.


Chiellini is one hell of a player, and he proved that again tonight.

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