Pochettino has advised Alderweireld he should get fitter


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'We don't care where we are or what time it is or which stadium we play in or which we team we play, we always try to dominate, to get the ball forward as quickly as possible and create something.

Having already coped well without Alderweireld for games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, Tottenham can enhance Pochettino's reputation further with a favourable result against last season's Champions League finalists Juventus.

"If we draw with Tottenham in the Champions League, it's not a big loss, it's not a defeat!"

Pep Guardiola's side took command of the last-16 first-leg tie within half an hour in Switzerland as Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero all scored within a 10-minute period.

"Tottenham have a young team and we're building a nice project, but I think it's impossible to compare the history of Juventus with Tottenham".

Tottenham now sit in fourth spot in the Premier League table, although they could be leapfrogged by Chelsea tonight, should Antonio Conte's side beat West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge.

For Juve, it has been a spell of utter dominance, winning all 11 of their last fixtures in Serie A, including a 2-0 victory at Fiorentina last time out. When I arrived here, the games against the top teams when you are 2-0 down after nine minutes you lose 6-0.

"I think Christian had an fantastic game. We've just got to believe and take each game as it comes and see what happens".

The match finished at 2-2, giving Tottenham an away-goal advantage ahead of the second leg in London on March 7.

"We still have a good chance to qualify in London, but it's totally insane to think that Juventus has to win 3-0 in the round of 16 in the Champions League".

The Italian champions were then given the chance to doubled their lead when Ben Davies fouled Bernardeschi.

"He will be part of the team next Sunday against Rochdale (in the FA Cup) and, again, we are going to assess him day by day".

Juve, who had conceded only once in their previous 16 games in all competitions, will rue Higuain's missed penalty on the stroke of halftime but could have few complaints after being shaken to the core by a vibrant Spurs side.

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