Tottenham's dramatic Champions League draw against Barcelona was bad for my heart, jokes Glenn Hoddle

The former England boss is recovering at home after suffering a cardiac arrest at BT Sport studios in October

Wednesday 12 December 2018 12:46
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Glenn Hoddle is a football pundit for BT Sport
Glenn Hoddle is a football pundit for BT Sport

Glenn Hoddle has joked that watching Tottenham qualify for the Champions League knockout stage with a dramatic draw against Barcelona did nothing to aid his recovery from heart surgery.

Former England boss Hoddle, 61, is recuperating at home after suffering a cardiac arrest while working at the BT Sport studios in October.

He tweeted for the first time after former club Tottenham sealed qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League with a thrilling 1-1 draw in Barcelona, with Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser cancelling out an early strike from Ousmane Dembele to send them through.

“That just wasn't good for my recovery! But a great performance well done boys, deserved to win COYS," Hoddle said on Twitter.

Lucas’ goal at the Nou Camp clinched Tottenham a crucial point, which was enough to pip Inter Milan to second place in their group.

Mauricio Pochettino's side needed to match or better Inter's result in their final game against PSV Eindhoven in Milan to complete an unlikely turnaround in Group B.

Hoddle suffered a cardiac arrest after appearing on BT Sport as a pundit on his 61st birthday on October 27, and was given CPR by a quick-thinking sound technician.

Simon Daniels, 47, immediately rushed to Hoddle’s side and put to use first aid training he had received on his way to becoming a special police constable, even using a defibrillator on the former England manager until paramedics arrived.

Hoddle’s family released a statement last month confirming he was recovering at home following heart surgery at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.

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