The Tottenham fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week ever since they witnessed their side crash out of the Champions League at the last-sixteen stage following a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Juventus.
The resident Lilywhites were absolutely gutted by their side’s European failure this week, but they are eager to put the result behind them as soon as possible to ensure they remain on course to qualify for next seasons Champions League. It seemed that Tottenham were set to qualify for the quarter-finals when Heung-Min Son put Spurs in front shortly before half-time with a scruffy finish from 8-yards-out, however, The Old Lady had other ideas.
Juventus dug deep and shifted the entire complexion of the tie in the space of just three second-half minutes as Gonzalo Higuain netted an equaliser before the Argentine turned provider and gave his fellow compatriot Paulo Dybala the freedom of Wembley stadium to pick his spot and fire an emphatic winner into the top-corner of Lloris’ net.
Dybala’s winner was arguably the most gut-wrenching moment of the tie for obvious reasons, but the manner in which he was able to steal in behind Tottenham’s defence was particularly frustrating for the supporters. The 24-year-old had acres of space to run into after Ben Davies (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) had played him onside by failing to remain in line with his fellow defenders.
Davies’ mistake was a prime example of how incredibly fine the margins are between victory and defeat in the Champions League knockout rounds. The young defender was unfortunate to be punished for a minor error that so often goes unpunished, but despite this, Mauricio Pochettino should drop him from the starting line-up to face Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon.
Pochettino should instead hand Danny Rose a rare starting berth in order to help him continue his return to fitness. The decision to drop Davies should not be made purely to punish him for his mistake, but rather to remove him from the spotlight of the media and give Rose an opportunity to get some minutes under his belt.
Despite his mistake, Davies still has a huge role to play in Tottenham’s remaining fixtures this season. He will need to be fully fit to give his club the best possible chance of securing a place in the top-four this season, so it seems sensible for Pochettino to rest him against Bournemouth tomorrow whilst he continues to reflect on his costly mistake.