Spurs vs Juventus
Tottenham Hotspur prove that they have the strength, and the spirit, to battle with the best of them in the race to the Champions League final. Spurs pulled the game back from 2-0 down after ten minutes and secured two invaluable away goals at the Juventus Stadium. The most convincing aspect of the Spurs performance was not the score but the mentality that the entire Spurs squad adopted following the opening flurry of goals. The team did not drop their heads, and with Kane and Eriksen both in inspired form, Spurs remained strong as a unit and proved their European Mettle. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino commended his Spurs squad, and said that,
‘I feel so proud. We showed great character… we started not in a good way but showed we are mature enough to compete in the Champions League’.
One player that really stood out in the game was Christian Eriksen. Spurs enjoyed 67% of the possession on Tuesday night and the Danish midfielder had more than his fair share. He pressed high, he challenged the Juventus midfield and inspired Spurs to perform the way they did. His performance, in many ways, was more impressive than his goal. Eriksen equalised for the Lilywhites with a free kick in the second half, unconventionally drilling the ball low and across the turf to clinch the Spurs second. Pochettino sang his praises after an electric performance,
“Every season he steps up and grows up and he is this type of player that represents our philosophy. He links the team”.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2018
Pochettino has ripened the mentality of his young and dynamic Tottenham team. It seems that he has helped them to recognise, and harness, a mental approach that once eluded the Spurs squad under previous managers. The construction of Tottenham Hotspur’s glorious new Stadium is well underway. With the squad’s unified and spirited performances in both Europe and the Premier League, Pochettino and his merry men seem to be carving out a new era of success for Spurs. They really do stand a chance looking at their Champions League standings.
Is this the Spurs squad that wins the Champions League?
Since Juventus moved to their new stadium, seven years ago, the Italian giants have never dropped a point after gaining a two-goal advantage. This statistic underscores the magnitude of Tottenham’s efforts last night. It compels the Spurs loyal to really question is this their year? Tottenham Hotspur remained unbeaten throughout a Champions League group that they shared with Borussia Dortmund and title-holders Real Madrid. They hold the away-goal advantage as they welcome Juventus into the second leg at Wembley. Last night’s performance was a display of the potential that Pochettino can harness with Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs have the caught the eye, can they deliver the goods?
Read the Spurs vs Juventus Match Report for the first leg here.