Wednesday March 7 2018
Pochettino: 'Spurs must start strong'

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants a strong start against Juventus and explains why he chose Son Heung-Min rather than Erik Lamela.

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“I think we are in very good moment of form, but the reality is today this is a different game. We will try to show our quality and go to the next stage,” the manager told BT Sport.

“I learned a lot of things in Turin, it was important to get a good result, 2-2. Considering how we started the game, the result was fantastic.

“I think to compete at this level with a team like Juventus you cannot start the game the way we did. I hope, of course, that we will start strong and from the beginning put pressure on them, try to go forward and try to win the game. That is our objective.

“In the last two games, Son showed great quality, very good performances and the capacity to score goals, so it’s important to have him in the team.

“Of course, Lamela was fantastic in Turin and is a different type of player. Both are important and it’s a very good problem for a manager to pick one or other when you have such fantastic players in the squad.”

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