Tottenham Hotspur conceded twice in the latter stages to suffer a 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.
Christian Eriksen sent Spurs ahead in the 53rd minute, but Mauro Icardi levelled the scores in the 86th minute before Matias Vecino netted a second for Inter late on.
Tottenham played in a 4-3-1-2 formation in Milan, with Erik Lamela operating behind the front two of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Lamela was certainly dangerous in possession of the ball, and there is no question that Inter were concerned by his movement and cuteness in forward positions.
Head coach Mauricio Pochettino decided to replace Lamela in the 72nd minute, however, with Harry Winks introduced.
And the decision to substitute Lamela did not go down very well with the Spurs fans.
Tottenham have now lost their last three matches in all competitions, and a number of the club’s supporters are very frustrated indeed.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Why hasnt this fat argie learnt that every time he takes Lamela off in games we concede
— Hamid (@HamidTHFC) September 18, 2018
Taking Lamela off was wrong. But we should have won this 3-0…only for Lamela can’t find 2 simple pass to Kane &Eriksen….How could he have 5 yard head start and still hit the defender and Kane
— arunSpurs (@arunspurs) September 18, 2018
— Graham Hooper (@CATRRUST) September 18, 2018
Changes killed us today. Not sure why Lamela came off for Winks and bringing Kane off is ludicrous. One of our most important defenders from corners let alone it inciting pressure onto us #THFC
— COYS NEWS (@coys_news) September 18, 2018
Lamela shouldn’t have gone off. His second half performance was 100% better than the 1st half and he caused Inter trouble. They got into the game when he went off and Winks who replaced him was marking no one for the 1st goal and keeping everyone on side for the 2nd. #COYS #THFC
— Paxtonspurs (@paxtonspurs) September 18, 2018
Like i said i dont know why he took Lamela off at that point and if it was to close the game why take Kane off.
— Stav thfc (@kingstav) September 18, 2018
Why did he sub lamela
— InThfcWeTrust (@InThfc) September 18, 2018