Cape Town - Tottenham Spurs
boss Mauricio Pochettino was over the moon following his team’s
comeback against Juventus in their last-16 first leg Champions League
match on Tuesday in Turin.
Gonzalo Higuain’s brace in the first 10 minutes had spelled disaster
for the Premier League side, but they hit back through Harry Kane and
Christian Eriksen to grab a valuable 2-2 draw.
Kane's goal was the first Juve had conceded at home since November 5
last year and the draw was the first time they had not tasted victory in
"I feel so proud," said Pochettino. "We showed great character
against a team that played two finals in three years, with amazing
experience on the pitch. We are a young team in this competition. To
show that performance is to be proud and to congratulate the players
because they were fantastic.
"I can only praise the team. The effort was amazing, fantastic. Big
congratulations to the players. The performance and the effort was
amazing. Two nil down, always you need more energy.
"We have experience, but not like Juventus in this competition. We
start, not in a good way. But we showed we are mature enough to compete
in the Champions League. We showed great character.
"The good thing, this is our fourth season and we are always
improving in different aspects. This aspect was the last, but it was
necessary to try to be competitive and fight for big things.”
Pochettino admitted he was worried after Spurs’ terrible start, but praised his side for fighting back so bravely.
"My feeling was so bad. You never hope that happens, to concede a goal," he said.
"Maybe it was offside, but I don't want to complain. We start a
little bit sloppy. We need to be more solid. But for 83 minutes we
dominated Juventus and that is a thing to praise. Not many teams come
here and dominate Juventus."
Tottenham will head into the return match at Wembley on March 7 as
slight favourites, and Pochettino added: "I am happy because the tie is
open. The second leg will be fantastic, the atmosphere will be great and
our fans hope to go to the quarter-finals and it is there, only 90