Roberto Soldado's embarrassing mistake was the "key" moment in Tottenham's Europa League exit, but Mauricio Pochettino had no regrets about playing the misfiring striker ahead of Harry Kane.
Having arrived in Florence with the last-32 clash level at 1-1, the Spurs head coach made seven alterations with Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Chelsea in mind.
It was a decision which looked like it would pay dividends after the north Londoners began brightly, yet they petered out at the Stadio Artemio...
Three thoughts from Tottenham's 2-0 defeat and Europa League elimination at the hands of Fiorentina on Thursday night in Italy.
1. Tottenham implode in Florence
Tottenham had more than enough possession and chances over the course of their two matches against Fiorentina to make it through to the last 16 of the Europa League, but glaring errors at both ends of the field proved costly for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
Fiorentina were welcome recipients of gifts from their opponents on a night...
Roberto Soldado's embarrassing mistake paved the way for Tottenham's Europa League exit against Fiorentina.
The trip to Florence was always going to be a tough ask for Mauricio Pochettino's side, given the last-32 tie was poised at 1-1 and their Capital One Cup final against Chelsea loomed large.
The Spurs head coach insisted beforehand that Sunday would not be a distraction and that this was merely their ``first final'' -- one in which they paid for a lack of cutting edge, with second-half efforts...