UCL: Spurs hold Juve in Turin

Highlights clip shows just how brilliant Mousa Dembele was against Juventus

"If someone thought Juventus could win 4-0 that was not realistic".

Tottenham recovered from conceding twice inside the opening nine minutes to draw 2-2 at Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 match on Tuesday.

"He's an extraordinary forward as his statistics from the a year ago show", he said. And yet they fought back.

What followed was 80 minutes of near-total domination by Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs side as they stormed back to earn a 2-2 draw with goals by Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.

The two players previously faced each other when Italy hosted England in a friendly at the same Juventus stadium in Turin in March 2015, a match which saw Kane make his full worldwide debut.

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Michael Dawson will go down in the history books as being a firm fans favourite at White Hart Lane and the ex Tottenham skipper endeared himself to Spurs' fans further when covering the Champions League match between his old club and Juventus.

In the likes of goal machine Kane, cultured defender Jan Vertonghen, keeper Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele and Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld he boasts players with the big game mentality.

Tottenham have now faced Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus in the last fortnight and have emerged unbeaten, commendably securing two wins and two draws.

Spurs pushed for the equaliser but Juventus nearly extended their lead on the stroke of halftime when Serge Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the area. Both full-backs conceded penalties and Davinson Sanchez had a hard evening too.

Lloris got a strong glove to the penalty but was unable to prevent Higuain's shot creeping inside his right-hand post.

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8 - Questions must be asked about why Spurs started so poorly, but Pochettino's positive approach paid off in the end. "Don't worry Ryan, you are going to be a successful person outside the pitch".

"That's what you need", he said.

Spurs began to take control, only for Serge Aurier to concede another spot-kick by hacking down Douglas Costa, but Higuain was denied a treble by the crossbar.

City's first three goals came in a devastating nine-minute spell thanks to a header from Gundogan, a Bernardo Silva volley and a long-range Sergio Aguero strike as the hosts were completely taken apart. His fellow defenders were unreliable but he kept a cool head and vitally blocked a risky cross late on.

"That drives me nuts, because people don't have an idea about the other teams".

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Just look at these statistics: 116 touches, 99 passes (95% passing accuracy), seven dribbles (85% completion) and four tackles (100% won).

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