Tottenham supervisor Mauricio Pochettino stated his aspect “dominated” the 2-2 draw in opposition to Juventus on the Allianz Stadium. Spurs fought again from a horrific begin to declare the ascendancy within the tie after targets from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, overwhelmingly profitable the battle for possession and pinning the Italian champions again in their very own half for lengthy intervals.
The statistics appeared to again Pochettino up: Tottenham’s two targets had been greater than Juventus had conceded of their final 16 video games mixed. They had 67 per cent of possession. Hugo Lloris accomplished twice as many passes as Sami Khedira. Mousa Dembele accomplished 100 passes on his personal.
“For 83 minutes, we dominated Juventus,” Pochettino stated. “That is a thing to praise. I don’t think many teams can come here and dominate a team like Juventus. We dominated possession, we forced them to play deeper, and they only had the transition and the counter-attack to create chances.”
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Pochettino admitted he feared the worst after Juventus raced right into a two-goal lead inside simply seven minutes. “My feeling was so bad, because you hope that situation never happens,” he stated. “We must be extra strong to handle the start to the sport. But that was the beginning of one other recreation. OK, nothing to lose. We began to really feel extra freedom.
“And we began to indicate the endurance that we confirmed in the previous few weeks. Of course, I really feel so proud. We confirmed nice character in opposition to a staff that within the final three years performed two finals, with wonderful expertise on the pitch. That reveals how good we had been.
“It is important to say that we played with one day less. We played Saturday, Juventus played Friday, and in this type of competition one day is a lot. We had to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. It’s always emotional, you spend more energy. And when you are 2-0 down, you need more and more energy. The effort was amazing, fantastic, and I want to congratulate them.”
For Pochettino, Tottenham’s fightback demonstrated that that is now a aspect able to difficult for the very greatest prizes. “That,” he stated, “reveals we’re mature sufficient to compete within the Champions League. This is our fourth season, and at all times we’re bettering. This side [maturity] was the final, however essential to attempt to combat for large issues.”
Meanwhile, a livid Juventus supervisor Massimiliano Allegri rounded on his critics within the Italian media for his or her inflated expectations of his aspect. “If someone thought Juventus could win 4-0, that was not realistic,” he stated. “Winning the Champions League isn’t straightforward in any respect. We usually are not the favourites. Every yr we attain the ultimate and we do our greatest.
“This really drives me nuts. The size of the other teams is very important. The top priority of Juventus is the seventh championship [in a row], which is a lot. We are making huge efforts and we are about to go through in the Coppa. But if you believe a draw like tonight could suppress us, that is something I don’t accept. We have a draw against Tottenham in the Champions League, and it is like a big loss. It is not like this.”