Tuesday February 13 2018
Pochettino: 'Spurs dominated Juve'

Mauricio Pochettino told Italian and English television that Tottenham “dominated Juventus for most” of their 2-2 Champions League draw.

Gonzalo Higuain had put the Bianconeri 2-0 up within 10 minutes, but Harry Kane pulled one back and after Pipita’s missed penalty, Christian Eriksen fired in a free kick.

“We dominated Juve for most of the game, playing our style of football,” the tactician told Mediaset Premium in Italy.

“Perhaps on the first goal, Higuain was also offside. After going 2-0 down, my team showed a great reaction.

“Qualification for the quarter-finals is still wide open, as Juve remain a very strong squad. It’ll be a competitive game in the second leg.

“I’m glad people were entertained watching this match.”

Pochettino also spoke to English television on BT Sport ahead of the second leg at Wembley on March 7.

“I think it was a fantastic game. We conceded two goals in seven minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic.

“Firstly I want to thank the players, because 2-0 down here in Turin against a team that is so difficult to break down, I think in the end we deserved the victory more than the draw.

“It’s important to recognise and congratulate the players, because the effort and character shown today was fantastic.

“Of course, we are more mature. We’ve been saying over the last few weeks that the team is growing and stepped up. In a difficult moment, because going 2-0 down was very difficult, the team was amazing in the way we reacted”

Pochettino conceded the missed Higuain penalty on the stroke of half-time was a decisive incident.

“It’s true, you need some luck in football. It’s true that 2-1 is not the same as 3-1, but in that moment the team did not deserve to go down by two goals.

“We played much better in the second half and in the end the draw is a good result, but there are also a few regrets, because we were much better than them.

“The tie is open and Juventus are a massive club, so of course they’ll be able to win at Wembley, but we too can hope to beat them and it’ll be great to play in front of our fans.”