Strikes from Harry Kane (35th minute) and Christian Eriksen (71st) helped Tottenham Hotspur overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first 10 minutes to draw 2-2 with Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.
Gonzalo Higuain scored one from a free-kick and converted a penalty to give Juventus a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes before the London football club battled back in the game.
Talking to club’s official website, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino said that he was quite pleased with the character and personality of his players. “We played some amazing football. I’m so pleased with the character and personality. The players were fantastic. We scored twice against a team that is always difficult to break down. The team deserves a lot of praise.”
When asked what he thought after his team was down 0-2 in the first 10 minutes, “From the beginning, difficult, emotional, a little upset, angry but at the end, I enjoyed it a lot. In the second half we dominated, played football and we were capable of winning the game. The team deserves full credit, I congratulate the players.
Meanwhile, Juventus chief coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted that his side made some errors in passing. “It was an enthralling encounter overall: we started the first half excellently, but ultimately succumbed to Spurs’ steady growth of confidence during the game,” he told juventus.com.
“They put us under pressure and capitalised on some of our misplaced passes when we looked to break forwards,” he added.
Juventus full-back De Sciglio said, “We made the mistake of dropping too deep. We knew this would be a tough game – they are a very good side. They do give you chances at the back, but in attack they are excellent.”
“In the first half we stayed behind the ball, to stop them finding passes through the middle, but in doing that we were too deep to launch effective counter attacks. We needed to stay more compact and we also gave the ball away too frequently. We know it’ll be tough at Wembley too, but we need to start with what we showed in the first ten minutes this evening,” De Sciglio told juventus.com.
With inputs from Agencies