Joy to pain at Palace for Juan
Mon 28 January 2019, 12:03|Tottenham Hotspur
Juan Foyth has experienced two very different trips to the Palace.
He excelled in both, but the young Argentine defender, 21 earlier this month, will doubtless keep the fond memories of the Premier League match in November and quickly move on from our FA Cup fourth round defeat on Sunday.
Juan scored his first goal for us to secure the points that rainy November day but experienced the other side of football's coin this time around.
Initially playing in a 3-4-3, then in a four-man defence as we chased the tie at Selhurst Park, Juan’s reading of the game was impressive, particularly in the second half when he was faced with the prospect of Palace dangerman Wilfried Zaha on the counter-attack. Twice Zaha took off on the break, twice Juan came out with the ball.
However, it ended in disappointment as first half goals from Connor Wickham and Andros Townsend ultimately sealed our fate.
Asked at Selhurst about his performance and continued improvement, Juan said: “Maybe it’s because step-by-step I start to realise more how I play here and training every day with unbelievable players helps a lot, but it’s hard to think individually when the team loses.
“These last two games have been hard for us but we’re doing very well in the Premier League and we’re still alive in the Champions League. We have to look forward.
"For the team we have to bounce back stronger and keep going because we have to focus on the Premier League and Champions League, very important competitions. We all trust in the team."