With the match goalless and and neither side really looking to push forward, German striker Mario Gomez stepped up to give the Italians the lead against Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Federico Fazio’s misplaced pass allowed Milan Badelj to feed Gomez, whose brilliant run ended with the striker showing his experience to slot coolly past Hugo Lloris. It is unusual to see such defensive naivety from a side as good as Tottenham, who have been solid at the back for large parts of the season.
After conceding a 54th-minute opener, Tottenham would have wanted to steady their ship as they tried to get back into the match. The introduction of Harry Kane and Andros Townsend looked to bring the north London side back into the game, but it was their defensive team-mates that let the side down as they all but consigned themselves to defeat. Egyption Mo Salah, on loan from Chelsea, linked up with Gomez on the edge of the box before a moment of indecision from Jan Vertonghen allowed the forward to fire home past Lloris.
In what is a massive week for Tottenham, a rather disappointing defeat at the hands of Fiorentina will not have been the result they were looking for. Perhaps the most disappointing thing though would have been the manner of the defeat. Despite enjoying a vast majority of the possession, they failed to get going in the final third and saw a a lot of their chances blocked or easily saved. Erik Lamela saw his effort routinely saved, while Roberto Soldado’s pass when Tottenham had a two-on-one with the keeper was quite frankly appalling. Some may have argued the visitors could have had a penalty but there wasn’t enough contact on Eriksen to confidently give the spot-kick. With a short turnaround until Sunday’s Capital One Cup final, Mauricio Pochettino has a big job on his hands if he is to pick up his players and get them ready for their chance at silverware this season. It will take every ounce of talent from the young manager as he looks to refocus his players who will be no doubt disappointed by the result.
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