Wednesday March 7 2018
‘Juventus one of the best’

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino calls Juventus “one of the best teams in Europe” but “we have to try to force them to play deeper”.

The English side have the advantage heading in to tonight’s Champions League second leg, having taken a 2-2 draw in Turin.

That means a 0-0 or a 1-1 draw would be enough to see Spurs in to the quarter-finals.

“It’s a very important match for everyone at the club, so we’re excited to face a team like Juventus with the possibility to go to the quarter-final,” Pochettino told the club’s official website.

“Despite that, we know we have to be very competitive and perform at our best, because we’re going to face one of the best teams of the last three seasons that were capable of playing two finals in the Champions League.

“I think they are one of the best teams in Europe and it’s tough to score goals against them. They don’t concede many goals.

“I think it’s great because we scored twice over there, but you know very well that this will be a tough game, this is an experienced team with experienced players that know how to compete in this type of situation.”

Paulo Dybala is back for this match, having missed the first leg…

“Of course, Dybala is a player than can provide the team with different qualities and different things.

“We’re aware of him, and then it’s difficult to stop this type of talented player but of course we have to do our job, try to push them and force them to play deeper and try to avoid the counter-attack and the transition because they do that well.”

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