We knew Tottenham would give up chances, Chiellini says

08 March, 2018, 03:48 | Author: Sheri Evans
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'I feel very proud, we played well against a very good team, ' said Pochettino, refuting the theory that his dreams of glory had been transformed into a Wembley nightmare.

They finished third in the Premier League in 2015-16 and second last season, although they are yet to win any silverware and flopped in last season's Champions League.

Verdict: Spurs to scrape through in a thriller.

Yet Pochettino said: "It's a game of football and our approach will be the same as it was for the first leg in Turin".

Allegri fielded a woefully past-his-best Sami Khedira in a midfield two during the first leg, leaving Miralem Pjanic with far too much work to do.

Heung-min Son started on the bench during the first leg, however his weekend brace should see him get the nod over Erik Lamela for the return tie.

Verdict: A thumping win for rampant City.

Spurs, who are effectively out of the Premiership title race, are desperate to win any sort of silverware, and what better place to make their mark than Europe's premier club competition.

With concerns over the fitness of Juventus' star forward Gonzalo Higuain, Tottenham will be confident they can finish the job at Wembley given their recent form at home.

"We created a lot of chances", Pochettino added.

"We are going to compete, and at the same time try to enjoy, because it's a game to enjoy".

The 24-year-old completed 90 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico before being replaced in stoppage time and is now the team's leading scorer in Serie A, with 15 goals in as many starts.

"Now I think for our fans and us, it's like our home".

"I think we conceded three chances and they scored twice", Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. However, going into the second leg, they have a huge advantage owing to two away goals.

That certainly seemed the case when they crushed European champions Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley with a vibrant display that showcased the best of Pochettino's high-tempo philosophy. It's easy to forget the Bianconeri have made two of the last three finals, so they know how to get a result with the odds stacked against them.

"Of course the Champions League is an unbelievable competition and I think we have fought a lot over the last few years to try and play this type of game".

With the first tie finishing 2-2 in Italy, the home team Spurs have a slight edge because of the away goal rule. "We feel we have respect for the brand of football we show, they respect us in Europe we feel". Their goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was then required to make several fine saves but Theo Walcott scored their first of the evening, and then former and future Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas was fouled in the penalty area with five minutes to play.

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