Mauricio Pochettino’s boys come of age
Tottenham drew 2-2 with Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie in Turin. Having come back from being two goals down inside 10 minutes, it is a result that underlines the fact that they can outplay Europe’s biggest clubs, writes Adam Bate.
“We cannot compare with Juventus,” Mauricio Pochettino had declared on the eve of Tottenham’s Champions League tie against the Italian champions. “I think it’s impossible to compare the history of the two clubs. Of course, our dream is to reach the level of Juventus and we will be competitive tomorrow and we will see if we can compete with them.”
For 10 minutes, it had seemed as though Pochettino would not enjoy discovering the answer. Juventus went two goals up and this looked likely to be a tale of lessons being learnt. Mousa Dembele conceded a needless free-kick. Dele Alli did not react well when it was taken. Ben Davies dangled out a leg to concede a penalty soon after. Nowhere near savvy enough.
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