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Mauricio Pochettino Defends Toby Alderweireld Juventus Absence Amid Exit Rumours

Mauricio Pochettino Defends Toby Alderweireld Juventus Absence Amid Exit Rumours

Spurs themselves are unbeaten in their last 12 games and this clash will be a battle between the best defence in Europe and one of the most exciting attacks in Europe. "Two down against a side who are so hard to break down and in the end we deserved to win more than to draw".

"I think we started too sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic", he said.

Mauricio Pochettino believes a dominant display on the pitch was responsible for Tottenham's comeback 2-2 draw against Juventus on Wednesday morning.

The outstanding Christian Eriksen beat veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon with a free kick 20 minutes from fulltime to give Tottenham the advantage going into next month's second leg at Wembley Stadium where they have already beaten champions Real Madrid in the group phase.

"The team played well, with chances to go 3-0 and 3-1", he added.

Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty into the bottom left corner for his second of the match and his eighth in his last five matches.

"We still have a good chance to qualify in London, but it's totally insane to think that Juventus has to win 3-0 in the round of 16 in the Champions League".

A few hailed him as a "world class' operator while others said he was the outstanding central midfielder in the world following excellent recent performances against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United".

"This is a key period and we need to fight for the top-four and now with these three points we are in on the battle and now we have the Champions League".

For Juve, it has been a spell of utter dominance, winning all 11 of their last fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 victory at Fiorentina last time out. Higuain would then miss 2 gilt-edged chances, one of them a penalty, as he royally messed up two chances to put the game to bed.

"Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility, aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope will take us to Kiev in May". "We go into that game full of confidence and we're looking forward to it".

"It is this type of player that represents our philosophy, he's a player that links the team".


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