Roberto Soldado's tweet exposed as an unconvincing façade after Tottenham Europa shocker

Christian Eriksen and Soldado Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado claimed he had confidence, but clearly had none of it.

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado made an implausible decision when through on goal against Fiorentina, with the game at his feet.

The scores were level and he blew a clear cut chance, with a failed pass to Nacer Chadli cut out by the goalkeeper when taking a shot was the more logical option.

His decision betrayed a message he sent out after the first leg at White Hart Lane, in which he scored only his fourth goal of the season.

 

Soldado's choice to use the word 'confidence' as a statement suggested that both the side must take confidence into the second leg, and his had been boosted after scoring.

The striker's message as clearly just a façade, an attempt to convince himself and others that he had the confidence he needed, yet when it came down to the crucial moment - he lacked it.

He too lacked the execution to play a simple pass, but an in form and confident striker would simply have blasted the ball at goal, and likely scored.

Spurs lost the game 2-0 and were eliminated, and failed to get a chance as good as the one Soldado blew at any point later in the game.

Any confidence the striker did have, with it already known to be fragile after a woeful two seasons at the club since signing, has likely evaporated after the loss.

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