Soldado opens up on penalty miss: My confidence was up before

The Tottenham strike missed a penalty in English football for the first time at Manchester City.

Despite Roberto Soldado's difficult first year at Spurs last season, one thing the Spaniard could rely on was his penalty taking ability, part of his game that has always been strong.

The 29-year-old scored five out of five penalties for the North Londoners last season, after making a £26 million move from La Liga. Sadly for him and Tottenham fans, that 100% record came to an end against Manchester City on Saturday.

Despite impressing with his linkup play at the Etihad, when it came to Soldado converting Tottenham's chance to draw level from 12 yards, he was unable to beat an impressive Joe Hart.

“I felt good on the pitch and my confidence was up when I went to take the penalty but the keeper saved it," the former Valencia striker told the Spurs website.

“One minute after my penalty I had another attempt with my left foot which was close but the keeper saved with his legs. It was a big opportunity for us as well but it wasn’t possible to score.

“Five minutes later Aguero scored and we got a red card and that finished the game."

Despite the disappointing nature of the result, the performance against the champions was something that should give Tottenham fans, and especially Soldado critics, something to be positive about.

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