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Juventus downs Tottenham in Champions League action

March 24 2018, 07:53 | Van Peters

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has hit out at the criticism of Mauricio Pochettino in the wake of the club's Champions League defeat against Juventus.

Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-min celebrating his goal against Juventus during the second leg of the round of 16 at the UEFA Champions League at Wembley Stadium in London on March 7.

"In the two games we were much better, but at this level the tie went to Juventus in three minutes".

"Our performance was very good and I think we deserved more than this", he continued.

"We conceded three chances and they scored twice".

"But, when you assess the game and watch it again, I think Tottenham for more than 70 minutes were much better and we created a lot of chances".

"We struggled in the first half, above all by losing the ball, and they were deadly in those situations".

But despite the frustration of having to play second fiddle, Rose is understanding of boss Mauricio Pochettino's current standpoint, as despite claiming he is now fit enough to feature for any other side in the top-flight, the former Leeds United youth product knows his Spurs boss expects another level.

The Italians only took one point from a possible six when the two teams met in group D of this term's competition too, so it's little wonder that Allegri wants to give facing Messi and co a miss!

Tottenham were in cruise-control, both on the night and of the tie, throughout the entirety of the first hour and even extended their advantage (of two away goals) with another goal at the Wembley Stadium to go up 3-2 on aggregate.

The Premier League side had outplayed Juventus at times, but as we saw in Serie A last weekend, the Old Lady always lives up to her motto of "Fino alla Fine" - until the end.

"We had to be concentrated and score when we had our chances". Sometimes, you need that spark, maybe a trophy win. We started the second half in a bit of a shaky way, but we were facing a really impressive team. Speaking after the triumphant result at Wembley, Allegri said he was happy to see Juventus making it into the last eight. Also yesterday in the game between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain - the history it's important and the experience is important. We've grown year by year and of course we have got to improve still - we are not blind - but we know we've got the quality to improve.

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