Pochettino: ‘Spurs dominated Juve’

Mauricio Pochettino told Italian and English television that Tottenham “dominated Juventus for most” of their 2-2 Champions League draw.
Gonzalo Higuain had put the Bianconeri 2-0 up within 10 minutes, but Harry Kane pulled one back and after Pipita’s missed penalty, Christian Eriksen fired in a free kick.
“We dominated Juve for most of the game, playing our style of football,” the tactician told Mediaset Premium in Italy.
“Perhaps on the first goal, Higuain was also offside. After going 2-0 down, my team showed a great reaction.
“Qualification for the quarter-finals is still wide open, as Juve remain a very strong squad. It’ll be a competitive game in the second leg.
“I’m glad people were entertained watching this match.”
Pochettino also spoke to English television on BT Sport ahead of the second leg at Wembley on March 7.
“I think it was a fantastic game. We conceded two goals in seven minutes, but the character we showed today was fantastic.
“Firstly I want to thank the players, because 2-0 down here in Turin against a team that is so difficult to break down, I think in the end we deserved the victory more than the draw.
“It’s important to recognise and congratulate the players, because the effort and character shown today was fantastic.
“Of course, we are more mature. We’ve been saying over the last few weeks that the team is growing and stepped up. In a difficult moment, because going 2-0 down was very difficult, the team was amazing in the way we reacted”
Pochettino conceded the missed Higuain penalty on the stroke of half-time was a decisive incident.
“It’s true, you need some luck in football. It’s true that 2-1 is not the same as 3-1, but in that moment the team did not deserve to go down by two goals.
“We played much better in the second half and in the end the draw is a good result, but there are also a few regrets, because we were much better than them.
“The tie is open and Juventus are a massive club, so of course they’ll be able to win at Wembley, but we too can hope to beat them and it’ll be great to play in front of our fans.”

Juve consider tactical shift

Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa are both in doubt to face Sassuolo on Sunday, so Juventus consider a change of tactics.

The Bianconeri are certainly missing Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Benedikt Howedes.
Douglas Costa worked on a personalised schedule, while Bernardeschi only took part in some of today’s training session.
It’s reported Max Allegri could transform his tactics in the circumstances, returning to a 3-5-2 formation.
Another option could see Alex Sandro moved up from his usual left-back role to a more advanced position in the trident attack alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic.

Buffon back in Juventus training

Gianluigi Buffon has returned to training with his Juventus teammates, after close to two months out with injury.
The goalkeeper last featured for the Bianconeri in the 1-0 win over Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo on December 1, as he’s been struggling with a thigh injury.
Following Monday night’s 1-0 win over Genoa, Coach Massimiliano Allegri said the captain would return to training this week, and the 39-year-old returned to action at Vinovo today.
Juve confirmed the news with a video posted on their official Twitter account, and Buffon will now be in contention to face Chievo at the weekend.

Juve could reach agreement with their top target as soon as Friday

According to reports from Sky Sports, Liverpool’s Emre Can has chosen Juventus to be his next club.

With the German international’s contract set to expire this summer, Juventus will be eager to lock him down to a pre-contract agreement before the end of the current season. Getting a midfielder of his caliber on a free transfer is a major coup for the Bianconeri.

Representatives for the player met with ones from the club late into the night on Thursday. The discussions seem to have yielded a positive result as Juve hopes that official confirmation of the future transfer will come as soon as Friday morning.

Emre Can seems determined to wear the famed Bianconeri shirt, even though Liverpool will not agree to sell him in January. The arrival of Can, therefore, is scheduled for June when the player will be free to leave Anfield Road on a free transfer, saving Juventus millions in transfer fees.