Tottenham v Juventus: ‘Brave’ Spurs are starting to be revered in Champions League, says Mauricio Pochettino


Mauricio Pochettino believes his “brave” Tottenham aspect are able to take one other main step in Europe.

Spurs host Juventus on Wednesday night time within the second leg of their round-of-16 tie at Wembley.

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The north Londoners have each likelihood of knocking out the Italian champions – finalists in two of the final three seasons – after getting back from two objectives down to attract 2-2 within the first leg in Turin.

Having already crushed Real Madrid within the group stage, Tottenham’s popularity throughout the continent continues to develop.

And Pochettino has advised his gamers to know their newest alternative to make one other large assertion.

“It’s been step by step, a little step every season,” stated the Spurs boss.

“You possibly can see the group is extra mature. We’re going to get pleasure from it [against Juve].

“We all know very nicely we’re taking part in among the finest groups in Europe however we’re a courageous group and we’re very optimistic individuals.

“We have to suppose that we are able to win, we all the time suppose on this approach. If we’re capable of play in the way in which we usually do then we shall be near successful.

“After the group stage we improved our popularity in Europe. Final season was an enormous disappointment to be out within the first stage, however this 12 months after all the individuals in Europe begin to respect Tottenham.

“They respect the philosophy we construct and the football we play. We really feel we now have respect for the model of soccer we present, they respect us in Europe we really feel.”

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Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is aware of a clear sheet shall be sufficient to ship Tottenham by to the quarter-finals.

He stated: “We count on a troublesome recreation. It’s going to demand plenty of thought and vitality. It is the easiest way to get pleasure from this competitors.

“If you happen to do not suppose an excessive amount of, and search for a draw, particularly towards an skilled group like Juve, you can be in hassle.

“I really feel the membership and group is rising stronger each season. Many of the gamers have been right here for 2, three or 4 years collectively.

“Now we should get pleasure from it. We’ve arrived at an important a part of the season and we win or lose every part.

“Our ambition is to enhance, to develop, and step one is to cut back the hole to the very best groups in Europe.

“That’s not just in one season, but season by season and for the future.”

Toby Alderweireld will miss the Wembley showdown as a result of his hamstring drawback whereas fellow defender Serge Aurier is suspended.