Spurs fans regret getting rid of Trippier after superb game against Ronaldo during Atletico’s draw with Juventus – The SunJanuary 30, 2022
SPURS fans regretted letting Kieran Trippier go as the Atletico Madrid defender starred against Juventus last night.
The right-back, 29 today, put in a fine display to keep Cristiano Ronaldo off the scoresheet – and then set up the late equaliser.
Trippier was a constant threat down the Atletico right, with Diego Simeone using him almost as a winger and a full-back with Koke drifting infield.
The result was seven chances created – more than any other player in the Champions League this week – and six crosses from open play.
But crucially the most important of his 96 touches was the corner in the 90th minute which Hector Herrera headed past Wojciech Szczesny to rescue Atleti a point from 2-0 down.
And it left Tottenham fans questioning why the club did not hold on to the England man, especially with Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth unavailable to take on Olympiakos.
Trippier insists he was pushed out by manager Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy before Poch hit back that before signing, the full-back was a second-division player.
Some supporters on Twitter could not resist blaming Juventus' goals on the former Burnley man but one wrote: "Trippier having a masterclass in the big league. And we sold this man smh."
Another said: "Trippier had one bad season like a lot of players do. People gave him s***! Trippier was a good player and would still be better then aurier and KWP."
A third tweeted: "We’re playing a centre-back, who’s not even that good at centre-back, at right-back. You, as they say, love to see it."
And a final fan fumed: "Trippier pocketing Ronaldo whilst we have to witness Sanchez get spun round like a yo-yo at every given opportunity."
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Spurs also drew 2-2 in their opening Champions League game of the season – but unlike Atletico they squandered a 2-0 lead.
Davinson Sanchez was deployed at right-back but put in just two crosses and created one chance.
He was slightly more solid defensively with two tackles to Trippier's one and, unlike his former team-mate, made one block.
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