Tony Cascarino has this evening levelled heavy blame for Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool on Mauricio Pochettino.
Poch’s men faced off against Premier League rivals Liverpool in Madrid last night, in European club football’s showpiece.
After Chelsea put Arsenal to the sword in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday night, fellow Londoners Tottenham were hoping to follow suit with a victory of their own on the grandest stage of them all.
The capital outfit booked their spot in the Champions League’s finale courtesy of a historic semi-final turnaround versus Dutch giants Ajax, which saw Lucas Moura’s second-half hat-trick in Amsterdam wipe out the hosts’ 3 goal advantage and send Spurs through on away goals.
However, despite their incredible road to the Wanda Metropolitano having no doubt seen sections of the Tottenham faithful head into last night’s proceedings feeling as though their first Champions League crown was written in the stars, when it mattered most, they simply didn’t perform.
An all-round lacklustre clash eventually saw Liverpool emerge as 2-0 victors.
Mohamed Salah put the Reds in front from the penalty spot inside 3 minutes, before substitute Divock Origi killed Spurs’ European dreams for good in the 87th-minute.
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‘Got it wrong’
The kind of spirit which had seen Tottenham overturn seemingly-insurmountable odds to emerge from the tournament’s group stage, hold on versus Manchester City in the quarter-finals, and then turn things around versus Ajax last month was simply missing from the north Londoners’ performance last night.
The Lilywhites looked flat and lacking in ideas throughout proceedings, with the likes of Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli having majorly-disappointed.
One individual who feels as though the majority of the blame for Tottenham flopping when it mattered most should be taken by Mauricio Pochettino, though, is Tony Cascarino.
Speaking on talkSPORT earlier today, former Chelsea striker Cascarino revealed his opinion that the Spurs’ boss ‘managed like a rookie’ last night, explaining:
‘Kane, [Harry] Winks and [Kieran] Trippier were three names I had written down yesterday morning.’
‘Kane, I just didn’t get it at all. Football is littered with some clubs, and internationally, that select players who have been injured and I don’t like it.
‘I think it is silly because you cannot prepare a player for a match, especially of this magnitude.’
‘I felt Poch really managed his team like a rookie manager. [He] got it wrong last night.’
‘It’s hard to criticise a guy who has done so brilliantly for a football club and like we chatted earlier about the finances of the club, being competitive, it has been exceptional.’