Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter

Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter

Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter

"We work a lot to play in this type of game against Juventus".

Alderweireld has been left out of Tottenham's travelling party to Turin despite making his return following three months out with a hamstring injury and playing 90 minutes against Newport during last week's FA Cup fourth round replay.

"The team played well, with chances to go 3-0 and 3-1".

They blamed a series of mistakes on the galling result, citing Higuain's penalty miss as one of many to bring about their demise.

Kane says he is looking forward to testing himself against the veteran defender once again in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg in Turin.

However, they will be tested by a Juventus side who have won their last six games straight. The England global has netted eight goals in his previous 7 appearances for Spurs. They have been beyond the last 16 of the Champions League on only one previous occasion, when they lost to Real Madrid in the 2011 quarter-final, whereas Juventus are regulars in the business end of the tournament, appearing in two of the last three finals. 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.

At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked if the club would be targetting any of the cup competitions this season. "Because 2-0 down in this situation always you need more energy to try to do the same". I think in the second half we played much better.

A few hailed him as a "world class' operator while others said he was the outstanding central midfielder in the world following excellent recent performances against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United". We were very disappointed but that was our first experience of it. "When you're with the same manager for a long period of time - this is our fourth year together and the core group of players is the same - we've been working for four years on lots of different things".

Poch said: "We are going to be aggressive, we are going to be fearless and we are going to try to win but always with massive respect to the opponent".

"We need to play well and try to score, which will be hard against a team that is so tough to score against". Higuaín scored both his team's goals but the enduring images of the evening were provided by Eriksen.

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