Tottenham’s Eric Dier was the hero in Russia during last summer’s World Cup, as he stepped up and dispatched the winning penalty in a shootout against Colombia.
However, Dier couldn’t repeat the magic against Chelsea last night, as he blazed his pen over the bar, turning the tide of the shootout.
Lucas Moura would then go on to miss Tottenham’s next, with Chelsea scoring at every single opportunity.
Spurs eventually lost 4-2 on the shootout, but they did superbly well to even make it that far.
With a severely depleted team through injury, Tottenham went 2-0 down at half time, and looked all but dead and buried in the tie.
However, they turned the game on its head in the second half, with Fernando Llorente nodding in an aggregate equaliser.
Pochettino said that, despite the loss and the penalty misses, he has immense pride in those who stepped forward to take a spot kick.
Poch said (Football London): “I feel very proud about them. You can only miss if you takes the responsibility to shoot. For me, it’s not a problem. Of course that is a little bit about the emotions you have when you take the ball as you shoot. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. In the history of football that happens, it’s nothing to complain about. You can only feel pride for the players who take the ball and shoot. It’s not a problem for me the mistakes or to miss the penalty. I feel so proud. Only people who shoot can miss and take that responsibility.”
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