Mauricio Pochettino believes a dominant display on the pitch was responsible for Tottenham’s comeback 2-2 draw against Juventus on Wednesday morning.
Spurs conceded twice inside the opening 10 minutes of their Champions League first leg clash, as Gonzalo Higuain struck on the end of a free kick and then converted from the penalty spot.
However, the valiant Londoners would ultimately turn the match around thanks to Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen’s crucial away goals, and Pochettino says that after an initial stutter his side were in control of the Serie A giants.
“We were down and scored twice against a team with a lot of experience, with great players…[this] is not an easy job,” he told reporters after the match.
“Then of course we dominate possession, we dominate Juventus – we force them to play deeper and only use the transition and the counterattack [to] try to create chances.
“The team was so focused…only [the first] seven minutes was difficult to manage.
“But [for] 83 minutes I think we dominate Juventus and that is a thing to prize, because not many teams can come here and dominate a team like Juventus.”
Danish playmaker Eriksen’s influence on the result stretched further than simply his goal, and Pochettino says he is the embodiment of the constant desire to improve at Tottenham.
“I think Christian played an amazing game – he was amazing, he was fantastic,” he added.
“In my three year and nine months, he’s always an important player for us and every season was always stepping up.
“It is this type of player that represents our philosophy, he’s a player that links the team.
“The team was great but he was fantastic.”