Brave Tottenham must play free against Juve - Pochettino

07 March, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Tottenham at critical point of season says Hugo Lloris

Spurs host Juventus on Wednesday night in the second leg of their round-of-16 Champions League tie at Wembley.

The Bianconeri will be familiar with the surroundings having already played there in a pre-season friendly back in August. Most of the players have been here for two, three or four years together.

"It's true we have a small advantage because we scored two goals away from home", Lloris, who conceded twice in the opening 10 minutes of the first leg, told a news conference on Tuesday.

"If we start to think too much about playing for a draw, especially against an experienced team like Juve, you can be in trouble".

"I've got to be honest in that I've never thought about it [being my last Champions League game], maybe because I'm naturally optimistic".

"We have got to cope with that and see how we come through it. We need to feel free".

"Every chance you have to play, you need to go as far as possible".

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"If something happens which is not quite ideal or is only half a mistake, then in my next game, I am always determined to provide the answer I feel is due", he said at a news conference at Wembley.

"We are playing against one of the best teams in Europe, but we are a courageous team, positive people, that love the challenge and we all think we can win", Pochettino said during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"They're strong physically and technically and they will put us under pressure".

"Higuain is one of the best strikers in the world".

Juventus have Paulo Dybala available again after he missed the first leg through injury and it was revealing that Pochettino mentioned the Argentinian attacker in the same breath as Lionel Messi.

"But we are a fearless team, very positive people that love the challenge, and tomorrow is a massive challenge". I took three hours to have lunch with him and he was a great kid, great person, great professional, great player. "We are devastated about the situation and I send all of my energy to his family".

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