I am a dreamer, says Pochettino as Tottenham prepare for Juventus test

Saul Franklin
March 7, 2018

The South Korean's recent performances have drawn praise and questions have been asked over whether he has done enough to earn a start for Spurs against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Juventus eased into a 2-0 lead in the first half of the first leg after Gonzalo Higuain beat Hugo Lloris twice in the opening 45 minutes.

"They respect the philosophy we build and the football we play".

"We know we played well out there and on another day we could have won but we are not getting carried away".

The 30-year-old told Stuttgarter Zeitung: "We have a lot of experience and know how to tackle big games, and we have many other teams ahead of us - including Tottenham".

Spurs are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and Wembley, their temporary home while their new stadium is being built, has become somewhat of a fortress.

"He doesn't have to do too much", he smiled, "just start for the starting eleven".

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Spurs have secured a place in the Premier League's top four spots over the past two seasons under Pochettino.

"After the group stage we improved our reputation in Europe". The Tottenham manager also described Higuaín as "one of the greatest strikers in the world" - although he is a major doubt with an ankle injury.

"We are playing against one of the best teams in Europe, but we are a fearless team, positive people, that love the challenge and we all think we can win".

"They are a team that relish attacking", the goalkeeper said of Mauricio Pochettino's men. This season, they have beaten Dortmund home and away with a home win against Madrid the high point, the greatest confidence-booster.

"It will be very tough but I think we are going to arrive in a flawless condition to challenge them".

"But they play a kind of football which also, now and again, allows their opponents favourable chances to score, so I think it will be a very attractive, very even game, in which the side who prove to be more cynical will win it and go through".

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