Wednesday February 14 2018
Lamela: 'Couldn't end like that'

Erik Lamela explains how Tottenham reacted to going 2-0 down with Juventus. “We decided it couldn’t end like that.”

Spurs found themselves trailing 2-0 in Turin after just 10 minutes, but fought back for a precious 2-2 draw in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.

“It was really difficult in those first 10 minutes, which hurt badly, but we looked each other in the eyes and decided it couldn’t end like that,” Lamela told RMC Sport in Italy.

“Keeping possession helped us a great deal and getting it back to 2-1 gave us the confidence that we could equalise.

“We put in a great performance, as we’ve got real belief in ourselves. Even after going 2-0 down, we didn’t fall apart. It was a good result after that start, because it had seemed like a night to forget.

“I don’t know what Juve will do in the second leg. They need to score, but we will play our style of football, as we always do.”

Argentina international Lamela was impressed with Gonzalo Higuain’s brace, even if Pipita also missed a penalty.

“We all know what Pipita can do and he had an extraordinary game. Next time we’ll have to stop him and whoever is partnering him in attack. If we improve that, then we can get through to the quarter-final.

“Paulo Dybala will probably be available by then, but we’ve got real confidence in ourselves now.”

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