Tottenham are no doubt an impressive team under Argentinian boss Mauricio Pochettino. However, the north London side are not yet at the elite level to challenge the best in Europe just yet.
Pochettino’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat against Juventus in the last 16 Champions League second leg on Wednesday, losing the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
In fairness to Spurs, they looked to have control of the tie, especially when Heung-Min Son opened the scoring on 39 minutes to put the hosts into the lead. However, second-half goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala were enough to win the tie for the Bianconeri.
A learning curve for everybody at Tottenham
Tottenham have been involved in the Champions League for the last few years. However, compared to their opponents on Wednesday night they are Champions League rookies.
Everybody involved with the north London club are learning how to live with the elite teams, that includes boss Mauricio Pochettino and his relatively young team.
The current Tottenham team have developed organically, nurtured by Pochettino and pieced together slowly but surely. The north London club have not rushed out to spent massive amounts on players. Instead, they have developed good players into very good players.
Spurs have enjoyed some big results in the Champions League, including taking four points from a possible six from games with European champions Real Madrid in the group stages. Pochettino’s side also topped the group ahead of Zinedine Zidane’s team and German side Dortmund, who have been almost ever-presents in the Champions League in the last decade.
Tottenham can no doubt progress even further in the Champions League in future seasons. However, the north London club can only move forward if they keep key personnel at the club, so they build on an already very strong foundation for a top team.
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