Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham character in Juventus comeback

Highlights clip shows just how brilliant Mousa Dembele was against Juventus

But this time the 28-year-old smashed the ball off the bar.

Juventus' second goal came in the 8th minute of the match.

"At 2-0 down my feeling was so bad", Pochettino said, as quoted via the Guardian.

"I think we started too sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic", he said. We are a young team in this competition.

"When you see a performance like that, to re-group and to comeback and play as they did, it was a controlled performance".

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted strongly afterward when it was suggested his team, who are going for a seventh successive Serie A title, should have beaten Spurs, who are fifth in the English Premier League. I think the performances have been really good in every single game. "Juve plays to win but it's not favourite". This is the Last 16, after all, and I had already counted on having to go to Wembley to fight for a place in the next round.

'There was the opportunity but at that moment I told them I was happy where I was and that's why we didn't sign the deal'. Only the opening minutes were hard to handle.

Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards from goal, inside the first minute. His low free kick managing to squeeze past Buffoon.




The Argentine then converted from the penalty spot after Ben Davies brought down Federico Bernadeschi. In the last few weeks, the team are growing and have stepped up.

Spurs seemed to be out of their depth against last season's Champions League finalists. Juventus had not let in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in their past 16 matches.

Spurs became the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in an away knockout round match to earn at least a draw since Chelsea won 3-2 at Barcelona in the semifinals in 2012.

Higuain nearly had a hat-trick, picking up a Pjanic pass to outfox two Spurs defenders only to shoot just wide. "He and Dele Alli have got to be very careful with the way they throw themselves to the ground".

Juventus chased Spurs right to the end and a cliffhanger it remains.

In the north London derby, Eriksen aimed his free-kick in the top left corner, the opposite side to Cech's starting position...

Mehdi Benatia also headed over the crossbar when he should have at least tested Lloris, but Spurs were able to hang on for what could prove to be an important result in the context of the tie, with the second leg being staged at Wembley on March 7.

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