Toby Alderweireld left at home for Juventus match

Tricia Pearson
February 14, 2018

But - and stick with this - their 2-2 draw in Turin, particularly the circumstances in which it was achieved, might have been more valuable than a victory. I'm happy with the players.

Much has been made of the two strikers going head to head in this tie, but Allegri was unequivocal in his response over whom he felt was the better player.

"It's also true what David Trezeguet said: 'It's only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had.' I miss it like insane and would love to return".

This is the first-ever competitive match between the two sides with Juventus unbeaten in 22 home Champions League fixtures, winning 14 of them.

"He was a fantastic striker and growing up I watched his goals". He is 28, it was a massive injury and we can not put his career at risk.

"We're more experienced that previous year, we've just got to see how far we can go and take each game as it comes".

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, meanwhile, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions for the Old Lady this season, is in contention to feature after training yesterday, having been sidelined since early January with a hamstring problem.

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Pochettino admits when the former Fulham midfielder is able to train regularly without any fitness issues, he can produce the type of displays which have led to him being labelled a genius by his current manager.

"Of course it's hard for Juventus because Dybala is a very good player, but they have a lot of players like [Federico] Bernardeschi, different players that can play".

"The team plays with one system or another system, names or different names, but keeps the same principles. We are going to be aggressive, we are going to be fearless, we are going to try to win but always with massive respect to the opponent". For me it's a game to enjoy. I want to congratulate the players - 2-0 down in Turin to a team so hard to break down.

"It feels that we are as strong as at White Hart Lane", Dier said.

They also echoed the words of Juve manager Maximiliano Allegri, urging fans not to "get depressed" after the bitter blow.

Tottenham finished above Real and Borussia Dortmund in their qualifying group. We suffered the first goal, a ball that was not our fault and then a free kick. "That got us back into the game, which was important".

"We need to play well and try to score, which will be hard against a team that is so tough to score against".

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