Sherwood reacts to Lineker's Twitter mocking of Soldado

Tottenham Hotspur manager unimpressed with former Lilywhite striker's appraisal of current Spur.

Tottenham Hotspur bowed out of the Europa League on Thursday evening after suffering a 5-3 aggregate loss to Benfica despite dramatic heroics from summer signing Nacer Chadli in the game's final quarter.

One player to leave Portugal with his reputation damaged even further was expensive flop Roberto Soldado, acquired for his perceived reliability as a goal-scorer in 2013 but has since struggled to find the net for the North Londoners.

That impotence up front was demonstrated at the Estadio da Luz as Soldado fluffed a first half chance, hammering his shot into the ground and then over the crossbar, before disappearing from the match completely prior to his inevitable substituting as Harry Kane got involved with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Soldado did not escape criticism as Tottenham legend Gary Lineker said: "[He] makes me realise I wasn't that s***," before following that up by indicating that it was a joke and a play on a former post he made on social media.

Manager Tim Sherwood, though, was alerted to the comment: "I never followed Gary’s career too closely but criticism doesn’t help. Soldado needs as much help as he can get. Gary was a top player, so give him a bit of slack."

On Spurs' performance against Benfica, Sherwood added: "They showed real character and real guts and they need to do that until the end of the season because we’ve got some tough games ahead.

‘As much as we’re disappointed, to have come here 3-1 down and still be disappointed shows how well the boys did. No-one’s going to want to be playing Tottenham after this. When they see what we can do when we play well, it’ll be a fixture people will want to stay away from."

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