Spurs recovery impresses Pochettino

14 February 2018 04:30:56 EST

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for his Tottenham side after they fought back to secure a 2-2 draw at Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Spurs were two goals behind within nine minutes of kick-off in Turin, before mounting a stirring comeback to set up an all-to-play-for second leg at Wembley.

We deserved a victory more than a draw.

Mauricio Pochettino

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were the goalscorers for the Londoners, with Pochettino hugely impressed by the way his team performed against a Juve outfit who had only conceded one goal in their previous 16 games.

He told BT Sport: "We were sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed was fantastic.

"I want to congratulate the players - 2-0 down in Turin to a team so difficult to break down and we deserved a victory more than a draw. I think the team was amazing in the way they reacted.

"It's so important to recognise and congratulate the players. The tie is open. Yes, we have the dream and hope that we can beat them at Wembley."

Tottenham can now be backed at 4/11 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, with Juve available at 9/4, while Spurs are 14/1 to go all the way and be crowned champions of Europe.

Meanwhile, Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri was far from downcast after seeing his side fail to gain an advantage to take to England, telling Mediaset Premium: "It was a good game, we made a few mistakes, partly because of their pressure.

"It's a pity we didn't win, but we have everything it takes to progress to the quarter-finals."

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