Pochettino won't change for Juve

12 February 2018 12:20:19 EST

Mauricio Pochettino is adamant that he does not need to change Tottenham's style of play for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg trip to Juventus.

The Spurs boss is taking his side to Turin for a tough-looking encounter against last season's beaten finalists, but he is confident of securing a good result to take into the Wembley return given their positive results against other top teams this season.

The north Londoners have enjoyed recent home league wins against Manchester United and rivals Arsenal on Saturday with a 2-2 draw at Liverpool sandwiched in between.

My idea is to keep playing the same way, to try and be a little bit braver if we can, while being clever because their level is one of the best in Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino

In the Champions League they won home and away against Borussia Dortmund, defeated reigning champions Real Madrid at Wembley and drew 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on the way to topping Group H.

As a result, Pochettino sees no reason to try and tinker with his plans to try and counter the threat of Juve, who are expected to have 17-goal striker Paulo Dybala fit and available to play.

The Argentinian, who is again set to be without Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld for the game, said: "My idea is to keep playing the same way, to try and be a little bit braver if we can, while being clever because their level is one of the best in Europe.

"Watching the last few games, we are comfortable in the way we are playing and the shape we use [4-2-3-1]."

Pochettino added to ESPN: "It is important sometimes not to change too much, unless you want to rotate to provide more freshness to win. When you beat Arsenal and United, it means you have the quality to beat big teams in Europe too.

"Of course, Juventus is a great team, one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League - in three seasons they have played two finals.

"For us, we don't have that. But our belief, our confidence, our form are good, and we will be ready to very competitive."

Spurs, who are 2/5 to qualify for the quarter-finals at the expense of Juve, can be backed at 29/10 to win their first leg on Tuesday, while Juve are available at 13/10 and the draw is priced at 2/1.

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