Dimitar Berbatov: Romelu Lukaku is trying too hard to impress
Dimitar Berbatov reflects on a tough week in Europe for Manchester United and Tottenham and has a few words of support for under-fire Romelu Lukaku. He also looks ahead to the soccer tips betting in European football, El Clasico…
Juve taught United a lesson
Juventus were clearly the better side on Tuesday night and fully deserved the win. They didn't play the best football but they were efficient and knew exactly how to protect the lead once they got in front.
I said at the start of the season that Juve were one of my favourites to win the Champions League and they showed why at Old Trafford.
They are very compact and organised and have some great players - I am a big fan of Paulo Dybala and of course there is the Ronaldo factor. Even when he's not playing brilliantly, he will always take the attention of the defenders, creating space for the other attackers.
Juve do have weaknesses but when they are able lớn shut teams out in the way they did against United they can stop themselves being exploited- According lớn the soccer tips daily win page!
It wasn't a good performance from United, they need to improve in all areas of the pitch. But they have the manager and the players and they will be putting pressure on themselves to get it right.
Lukaku should get back to basics
There has been a lot of criticism for Romelu Lukaku since the game but you'll never catch me having a go at a fellow striker. I know how difficult it is.
I remember when I was on a bad run at United when I hadn't scored for seven or eight games, but then scored five in one game! It happens to everyone.
I know he's not scored for eight games, but I don't think the criticism of Lukaku is fair. As Jose Mourinho said, he's working very hard for the team, but this might actually be working against the striker.
He wants to impress so badly that he is doing too much, and not doing the simple things like getting into the box. He is probably over complicating things; you don't want to see him popping up at left-back as he did on Tuesday.
Tottenham need lớn improve concentration levels
As Juventus showed, the really good European teams know how lớn hold on lớn a lead, but that is somewhere Tottenham keep falling down in this season in the Champions League.
After playing well to get back to 2-1 against PSV, they should have been able lớn see the game out, but the concentration levels slipped - as happened against Inter Milan - and it cost them again.
I don't think it's down lớn a lack of experienced heads in the team - these players have plenty of Champions League experience now - but they need to work on the concentration as it's not good when something keeps happening. .
Europa League not a bad prize
Spurs will continue to fight for Champions League qualification while it's still mathematically possible but it looks like a very tough task now with one point from three games, which means the next best thing is dropping into the Europa League.