Champions League: Tottenham's Round of 16 draw against Juventus preview


Mauricio Pochettino says he omitted Toby Alderweireld from his squad to face Juventus in the Champions League because he can not put the defender's career at risk. "We go to London tied and we play a final, and probably they will be under more pressure than us".

"I am so excited to be here for almost four years now, developing a very nice project and I think we have a very nice project ahead".

"I had a chance before it (his goal) and I should have scored that, but like I always say, you've got to be ready for the next one".

Juve was on a run of 10 straight wins, had conceded only one goal in its previous 16 games and had made a habit of beating the big teams in Serie A 1-0, but Tottenham clearly rattled the hosts, the ferocity of its press forcing a series of mistakes.

Pochettino said: "we were lucky to have the replay against Newport for him to feel the competition".

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"Of course, Juventus is a great team, one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League", said Pochettino.

"Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility, aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope will take us to Kiev in May".

Llorente has started in only eight of his 25 Tottenham appearances and won't be expected to have a major impact at his former stomping ground on Tuesday, with Kane in a hot streak of form.

Kane added: "We have to come here with belief we can get through".

Juventus's regrets centred upon a Gonzalo Higuaín's penalty miss in first-half stoppage-time but, make no mistake, this was a richly deserved result for Tottenham. Spurs' relentless runners were overloading the midfield realms as last year's finalists started getting pushed back further and further into their own half.

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"I saw it right with Kane because he's become a real top player and it will be a pleasure to face him in these two games - I'm going to sweat and suffer, but the beauty of football is measuring yourself against these players".

'We understand the player was working hard to play the Champions League, ' said the Spurs boss.

Dybala has failed to score in the Champions League this season, despite featuring in all six of Juve's group games.

"I am in football after two, three years, I am conscious about the sport". The England worldwide has netted eight goals in his previous 7 appearances for Spurs.

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