Mauricio Pochettino says he omitted Toby Alderweireld from his squad to face Juventus in the Champions League because he can not put the defender's career at risk. But - and stick with this - their 2-2 draw in Turin, particularly the circumstances in which it was achieved, might have been more valuable than a victory.
"You know how we work", Pochettino told reporters, football.london report.
"There are many challenges - to overcome our lack of experience in the Champions League, to beat a great team like Juventus, to score against a team that has conceded just one goal in 16 games".
Much has been made of the two strikers going head to head in this tie, but Allegri was unequivocal in his response over whom he felt was the better player. "We are going to London to play in a final and we will have to be very good to go through", Allegri was quoted as saying by ESPNFC after the game. This is a good team and although it is unlikely they will win the Premier League this season, they are definitely good enough to make a deep run in the competition.
Spurs themselves are unbeaten in their last 12 games and this clash will be a battle between the best defence in Europe and one of the most exciting attacks in Europe. "We are going to be aggressive, we are going to be courageous, we are going to try to win but always with massive respect to the opponent". We've got to be sensible and experienced, as well.
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Spurs have regularly exercised caution when bringing players back from long-term injuries, with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela receiving similar treatment after their returns from respective knee and hip problems. The side from Turin will be missing their talisman Paolo Dybala and would be looking to Gonzalo Higuain, who has scored six goals in his last four matches, and Douglas Costa to account for the goals.
Juventus had not let in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in its past 16 matches.
"Madrid at home and Dortmund, in those two Champions League games the atmosphere was fantastic".
He added: "I think last season he played so well, and then at the end of the season he suffered a problem in his ankle".
"We learned a lot from previous year in the Champions League", said Dier. You've missed reality. Juve is playing to win the Champions League, but we're not the favourites.
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