Mauricio Pochettino hails Spurs' character after 'sloppy' start in Champions League thriller

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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. As well as the Champions League, they are still in the FA Cup and are chasing a top-four finish in the Premier League. I think the performances have been really good in every single game. Juve play to win, but they are not the favourites. They faded in the second half in Cardiff when they played Real Madrid in the final previous year, they've got some ageing players in the squad and were missing some players.

Higuain got the first goal after 73 seconds, and minutes later added a second from the spot after Ben Davies' foul on Federico Bernardeschi.

Lloris got a strong glove to the penalty but was unable to prevent Higuain's shot creeping inside his right-hand post.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen says that his side are full of confidence going into the second leg of their last-16 Champions League tie with Juventus. "After their second goal, however, we were the more unsafe side".

"The door is open for me to help him - and the club - because we love him and (wife) Rachel and (son) George and all his family".

DF Jan Vertonghen, 8 - Contributed to Spurs' disastrous start when his uncharacteristically rushed clearance allowed Juventus to build pressure, resulting in the free kick that led to the opening goal.

They are under pressure to end Tottenham's 10-year drought without a trophy.

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Although not blessed with goal scoring ability, Dembele showed against Arsenal just how influential to Tottenham he is. The England global nearly doubled the lead two minutes later but his header went inches wide of the upright.

"I will not accept that tonight's 2-2 draw could depress the Juve fans". There's always ups and downs.

"I can only praise the team". The primary objective is the Scudetto: it's not easy.

It was the 1998/1999 season that showed their best, with the two having an nearly telepathic understanding: they both scored at the Camp Nou against Barcelona, combining superbly and leaving the defenders chasing shadows.

"I think we started too sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic", he said.

"Now, in London it will be a final and we will have to fight to go through".

Former England winger Chris Waddle said Spurs were "by far the better side", while ex-Tottenham boss David Pleat predicts a "titanic battle" in the second leg at Wembley on 7 March when a quarter-final place will be at stake.

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