Being knocked out of the FA Cup fifth round by Norwich City on Wednesday came as a major blow to Tottenham’s aspirations of winning a trophy this season.
With the side already trailing RB Leipzig 1-0 in the Champions League round of 16 and a top-four finish in the Premier League looking more unlikely by the week, the result on Wednesday might leave the side with little to play for this season.
The home side performed admirably for the majority of the encounter and fashioned more than enough chances to win the game in normal time, as well as extra time, but it was Tim Krul’s heroics in the penalty shootout that sent the Canaries through to the next round.
The Dutchman saved strikes from Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes, while Erik Lamela hit the crossbar from the penalty spot.
While Krul has a reputation of being a penalty-expert, the Daily Mail has now revealed that it was the goalkeeper’s water bottle that helped him come out on top against Spurs.
It turns out that the 31-year-old’s water bottle listed every penalty taker and which direction they usually preferred to go.
So, it turns out that Krul’s success during the spot-kicks was less to do with luck and more to do with his thorough preparation.
Spurs Web Opinion
This perhaps shows that Norwich were better prepared for a shootout than we were. I feel the team did more than enough to deserve the victory on Wednesday. It is hard to be critical of the players’ performances when most of them worked their socks off despite running on empty.
Have something to tell us about this article?