Redknapp sticks up for Pochettino following Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League exit

Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League dream ended on Wednesday night when Juventus knocked them out of the competition at the last-16 stage.

The North London outfit arguably exceeded expectations in the group stage when they topped the standings having picked up four points from a possible six against holders Real Madrid.

They were drawn one of the toughest ties in the last-16 stage, but held their own in the first leg in Turin as they fought from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw.

On Wednesday night, everything seemed to be going to plan for Tottenham when Son Heung-min gave the team a 3-2 lead on aggregate.

However, after the half-time break, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri switched his side’s formation to 4-4-2, which seemed to be the difference as Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala found the goals that put the Serie A outfit into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Tottenham escaped widespread criticism, but in some quarters, it was suggested that Pochettino, who has emerged as a rumoured target for Paris Saint-Germain, lost in the battle of the coaches.

Ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has rubbished these suggestions in a staunch defence of the Argentine while speaking to talkSPORT:

“Everyone is always ready to jump on the bandwagon, but what could Pochettino do? He’s stood there and Tottenham are completely dominating the game. They went 1-0 up and were in complete control, Juventus were hanging on dear life. Suddenly in three minutes, you don’t know how it’s happened, but it’s happened.

“I just think it was one of those things. Pochettino was stood there, his team were in control, Pochettino hasn’t got to change anything, everything is going their way. But the goals changed the game completely. It’s no different to the first leg – Juventus were 2-0 up and Tottenham came back. Did Allegri get out-coached by Pochettino there?”