Andrea Pirlo Slams Divock Origi's Attitude, Spurs' Character in UCL Final

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 01: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo was left unimpressed by Saturday's UEFA Champions League final, slamming Liverpool scorer Divock Origi for his attitude and questioning the desire of Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen after the 2-0 loss.

The two-time Champions League winner attended the match and spoke to Sky Sport Italia after the contest. He said Liverpool deserved the win for their performances over the course of the season but that the final left a lot to be desired (h/t Football Italia):

"Tottenham showed no character, there were players like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen who didn't want the ball.

"There was very little quality in midfield and the penalty incident made all the difference. Don't get me wrong, it's a thoroughly deserved trophy for Liverpool's overall season, but also for their wonderful fans.

"However, Origi was awful. He came off the bench with a horrible attitude, unworthy of a Champions League final. If he hadn't scored that goal, they should've given him a kicking."

Former Real Madrid, Milan, Juventus and England manager Fabio Capello agreed with Pirlo:

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Andrea Pirlo on Sky Sport Italia: "Divock Origi was awful. He came on in such an important game with that attitude... If he hadn't scored, they should've given him a kicking." Fabio Capello: "I agree!" #UCLfinal #TOTLIV #LFC

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring early on after a controversial penalty decision, awarded after the ball came off Moussa Sissoko's chest before hitting his arm. Some fans were far from convinced, as MailOnline Sport highlighted:

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'When did the rule change for armpits to give penalties away?' Fans slam referee Damir Skomina's decision to award Liverpool first-minute penalty after cross strikes Moussa Sissoko https://t.co/V9ZR1OLcIG

Origi came off the bench to double the lead after 87 minutes, effectively securing the win.

The Belgian forward didn't register any shots before he struck a fine left-footed finish, and he was remarkably efficient in the tournament throughout the campaign:

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Divock Origi in the Champions League this season: Shots -- 3⃣ Goals -- 3⃣ For more player stats -- https://t.co/aYj6ZQifm8 https://t.co/Sw8sEBEGyu

It was arguably his most important goal of the season and one of his top highlights, along with the winner against Everton in the derby on December 2. He also scored twice in the semi-finals against Barcelona, playing a starring role in the 4-0 second-leg win.

Eriksen and Alli were among Spurs' most disappointing performers on Saturday, as neither midfielder was able to impose his will in the trenches or create a lot of danger in attack.

The former came into the final with big expectations after playing well before the game:

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Christian Eriksen: Only Lionel Messi (9) has created more clear-cut goalscoring opportunities than @ChrisEriksen8 (8) in the Champions League this season For more player stats -- https://t.co/uKbjDP0WEj https://t.co/cF7XswVVeN

Alli took out his frustration on a bottle:

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Dele Alli throws bottle in fit of rage after being subbed off in Champions League final https://t.co/kDfBIWoAhA https://t.co/DPeWLwmNyK

The win was Liverpool's first piece of silverware under manager Jurgen Klopp and the club's sixth Champions League triumph.

Spurs finished another season under Mauricio Pochettino without a trophy after taking fourth place in the Premier League.