It’s one thing going out of the Champions League last 16 after throwing away a lead in the last leg at home. It’s another getting trolled for it by one of the opposition players.
Tottenham Hotspur, who were 3-2 up on aggregate against Juventus on Wednesday and eyeing a charge for glory, did not count on a late chutzpah surge from the Old Lady. And the wizened bag has a mouth on her, too, if Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini’s comments are anything to go by.
“We knew we’d win,” he said. And, to really twist the knife, he added: “Tottenham always miss something at the end.”
The poor Spurs players must be feeling pretty rotten. To be told Juve always knew they didn’t have what it takes anyway cuts to the quick. But don’t worry, chaps, you’ve got to go to Bournemouth on Sunday. From Juventus to Bournemouth, eh? Bet on the match at BMR’s green-listed bookmakers.
It is not a glamour contest that will stir Spurs to stick the taunts back down Chiellini’s throat. A bit like their FA Cup tie with Rochdale after the first leg in Turin – when Tottenham laboured to a 2-2 draw against the League One club – it’s another “After the Lord Mayor’s Show” situation.
This is an old English phrase to suggest that after something exciting and fun comes something more mundane. Back in the day, you see, someone had to go and shovel up all the horse manure after the Lord Mayor’s Show.
This is actually what Chiellini was getting at. The “something” was experience. Experience at handling a lead in a two-leg tie with 40 minutes left. Experience at tournament football. Experience at getting over disappointment.
Bournemouth fans will be up in arms but, come on, they are Premier League pretenders with a history only slightly more “illustrious” than Rochdale.
Still, we are happy to bet the Cherries because we have huge respect for their work ethic, organisation and talent under coach Eddie Howe. We were on them for the drop this term and are happy to concede that we were wide of the mark.
Bournemouth are enjoying a good sequence. After beating Chelsea and Stoke, they slipped up against Huddersfield but are back on track following points against Newcastle and Leicester City.
BetVictor go +550 about Bournemouth taking the spoils and that is a price which suits us nicely. On the flip side, there is a shorter price this weekend which also interest us. And again it’s courtesy of Bet Victor
Leicester are +160 for victory at West Brom and we are surprised they are not closer to even money considering how hopeless WBA have been. In the last two weeks we’ve taken on Alan Pardew’s men against Huddersfield and Watford and won the bootie.
WBA have lost six straight and Leicester, who have won the last three at the Hawthorns, are not the complacent outfit of early season.