I know there’s a whole lot about Tottenham Hotspur’s 7-2 Champions League home loss to Bayern Munich that you’d like to forget right now, so forgive me if this feels a bit like piling on. Remember that incident between Serge Aurier and David Alaba where Alaba went in for a challenge and Aurier, leaping to try and avoid him, accidentally landed two-footed on his chest? Alaba stayed on the pitch, but was subbed off at halftime complaining about “severe pain.”
Here’s the incident in case you forgot just how bad it looked in real time.
Well, it turns out that incident was a bit more than just heavy bruising. Over the weekend, Bayern confirmed via social media that Alaba cracked his rib in the incident and will be out for “the foreseeable future.”
I’m pretty sure that this incident wasn’t intentional — it really did look like Aurier tried to jump to avoid him and couldn’t control where he landed. But yikes! Aurier was lucky to not receive any kind of a card for that, and you’ve seen that kind of thing be given as a red even if unintentional. And injuring an opposition player like that is a pretty bad look, even if you didn’t mean it.
Not that any of this really matters as Bayern went on to throttle Spurs even with Aurier on the pitch. I guess the lesson of this is “try not to jump two-footed on your opponents if you can help it.”
Also we need a right back.