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Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mauricio Pochettino claims he is happy at Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino claims he is happy at Tottenham

"The Champions League is a competition that excites our fans, us and always you dream to play in this type of game and we arrive in a very good moment for us".

Serge Aurier starts ahead of Kieran Trippier at right-back in an otherwise unchanged defence with Toby Alderweireld not travelling with the squad as he continues his return from injury. Pochettino insists Spurs want to ease Alderweireld back into first-team football but the player himself declared himself fit and ready after last week's cup win at Wembley.

Tottenham travel to Juventus for Tuesday's Champions League second-round first leg.

However, strikes from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen secured a vital draw for the away side but should they have come away with even more?

Kane, who has scored six goals in six Champions League games this season, will be backed up by fellow England global Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Lamela.

Daniel Thacker, Tottenham: What a superb comeback from Tottenham, who seem to grow at UEFA Champions League level with each game. In the end, despite being very much behind the eight ball there, Tottenham dominated, and are set up nicely for the second leg.

Pochettino's men have just negotiated a tricky spell in style by claiming Premier League victories over Manchester United and Arsenal while also fighting back to earn a point at Liverpool, despite trailing in stoppage time.

"Of course, Juventus is a great team, one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League", said Pochettino.

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Mauricio Pochettino claims he is happy at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino says that the club are trying to show "common sense" by leaving Toby Alderweireld out of the squad to face Juventus.

"We took our time but I think we've really made it our home", the England midfielder said.

"It will be an incredible game for us but it's now the knockouts and it's open, 50-50".

"We're going to be fearless, we're going to try and win - of course with massive respect for the opponent". "It's getting stronger and stronger and that's what we need".

"We learned a lot from the Champions League a year ago".

"I am in football after two, three years, I am conscious about the sport". "It was a massive injury that we needed to be cautious over because we can not put at risk his career", said Pochettino.

"Against Arsenal in the derby the team's performance was fantastic, why can't we repeat that again tomorrow?"

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