Spurs battle for valuable draw, Manchester City too good in Champions League...

Spurs battle for valuable draw, Manchester City too good in Champions League first leg [GALLERY]


The Champions League’s round of 16 began with Tottenham coming back from two goals down against Juventus, while Manchester City further illustrated their dominance under Pep Guardiola.

Bianconeri striker Gonzalo Higuain hit the net twice inside the first 10 minutes at the Allianz Stadium – included a converted penalty – to put an early dent in their London opposition’s hopes of progression.

However, the deficit was reduced by Harry Kane after the half hour mark, before Christian Eriksen equalised for Tottenham with another valuable away goal in the latter stages.

After the result, a confident Mauricio Pochettino claimed his players are proving their credentials on the biggest stage each time they play in the Champions League.

“At 2-0 down my feeling was so bad,” said the Spurs manager.

“We started sloppily. But we showed great character and I feel so proud. We are a young team in this competition. To show that kind of performance was fantastic.

 “We were so focused. Only the opening minutes were difficult to handle. But after that we dominated Juventus and that is a thing to praise.

“We showed we are mature enough to compete in this competition. It is my fourth season at the club and we are always improving in different aspects.”

It was not such a competitive story between FC Basel and Manchester City though, as Ilkay Gundogan’s brace coupled with goals from Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero saw the Sky Blues record a comfortable 4-0 win.

Here are some of the best pics to come from Wednesday morning’s action: