Spurs face an established side in the six consecutive Italian champions who also featured in last seasons Champions League final, where they lost respectively to Real Madrid.
Having already coped well without Alderweireld for games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, Tottenham can enhance Pochettino’s reputation further with a favourable result against last season’s Champions League finalists Juventus. I think in the second half we played much better.
One criticism that is continually levelled at them, however, is the fact that they are still yet to win a trophy under the guidance of the Argentine.
This is something of a homecoming for the Spurs boss, as his grandfather was from Piedmont.
Despite the impressive displays Lamela has shown since the start of the year, Spurs fans were still unhappy with Son being dropped from the starting line up. I left the Vinovo training ground crying.
How can I watch the game on TV? In defence, the London club are without key defender, Toby Alderweireld.
“Given the choice between Higuain and Kane, I would still pick Pipita as my number nine, even if Kane is a top-class striker”. He’s 28, it was a massive injury and we can not put in risk his career.
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 every mention of Juventus is a bit different between when Dybala plays and when he doesn’t.
Spurs are also without Juan Foyth, who was not included in Tottenham’s Champions League squad for the knockout phase of the competition.
“It makes it hard for the manager and that’s what the players have got to do”.
“We are more mature now”.
Tottenham have been notably attacking in previous games, will that continue tomorrow? The team always keeps the same principles. For me it’s a game to enjoy.
“The team played well, with chances to go 3-0 and 3-1”.
Whether Pochettino would have used a back three had Alderweireld been available is impossible to say, but what was clear was that the two-man central defense was ruthlessly exposed early on. This allowed for them to finish as Group H leaders and knock, Borussia Dortmund out the prestigious cup.
Kane added: “We have to come here with belief we can get through”. It’s over two legs and we have to do the job on Tuesday night.