Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Federico Fazio suffered a nightmare night as AS Roma were beaten 5-2 by Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie at Anfield on Tuesday night, and Spurs fans were quick to react to the £9m-rated centre-back’s display.
The 31-year-old lined up as part of a three-man defence against Jurgen Klopp’s in-form attacking trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and the high line they tried to play proved to be a disaster as they found themselves 2-0 down at the break, and then 5-0 behind with more than 20 minutes still left to play.
Spurs signed the Argentina international from Sevilla in 2014, but he struggled and only made 32 appearances in all competitions for the club before re-joining the La Liga club on loan, and then eventually signing permanently with Roma last summer.
Tottenham supporters, who continue to heap praise on one of Fazio’s old centre-back partners Jan Vertonghen, took to social media to give their thoughts on his latest performance, and while one described him as “worse than Lovren”, another said “that’s why we got rid of Fazio”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Federico Fazio conceding 5 goals in England. Some things never change
— Simply (@Simply_Spurs) April 24, 2018
So Fazio in a Champions League semifinal turns out exactly how we all expected
— Charles COYS (@charlesrich82) April 24, 2018
Every Spurs fan knew how this would end!!
— Richard Doherty (@rikdok) April 24, 2018
You just watch him get superpowers at the Olimpico! He was great for the first 20 I thought. Not so great for the rest…
— Daniel Platt (@voodoochopstiks) April 24, 2018
Hey maybe playing a high line with Federico Fazio against one of the fastest attacks in Europe wasn't a good idea
— Jake. (@YedIin) April 24, 2018
5 things I’ve learned from the game:
1- Pool is a 1 man team
2- We were right about selling Fazio
3- Karius & Mingolet are the worst double act since Mork & Mindy
4- Pool’s defence is as good as WBA’s
5- Klopp’s losing record in finals, 5 in a row, set to extend to 6 in May. https://t.co/1aruGvZqhn
— LJohnson (@lazqetjohnson) April 24, 2018
Fazio back to his Spurs ways this evening. What a surprise
— WILL BRAY © (@willsbray01) April 24, 2018
Now i can see why Spurs got rid of Fazio
— Max (@xDuoMax) April 24, 2018
Spurs fans are not surprised a team with Fazio in it are getting done
— James (@jfh89) April 24, 2018
Fazio loses Firmino completely. That’s the boy I remember at Spurs 😂
— Matt McKay (@mattmckay90) April 24, 2018
That’s why we got rid of Fazio! 💩💩💩
— Paul leech (@ojleech) April 24, 2018
can't see ye not getting at least a draw in Rome,sooo glad we sold Fazio to them,he's worse than Lovren ! lol,haven't seen much of Bayern,but Madrid are beatable,if we can do it so can ye.any work going ?
— Srupsman (@VodkaSrups) April 24, 2018