BT Sport pundit Steven Gerrard reveals the 'magnificent' Tottenham star against Juventus


"We looked at each other and said "the game can not finish like this" and we changed things, started to go forward and after Harry's goal, we believed more and more". With no gaps appearing, Higuain smashed the ball straight down the middle and it cannoned off the crossbar.

It is too easy to look at Higuain's penalty miss or the left-footed effort he dragged wide of Hugo Lloris' goal and blame him for the result, particularly given his history of choking in big moments.

Higuain successfully converted the resulting penalty kick when his rip deflected off of Lorris' hand and into the netting to Lorris' right. We are a young team in this competition.

"He's a player who links the team and he was fantastic".

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted strongly afterward when it was suggested his team, which is going for a seventh successive Serie A title, should have beaten Spurs, which is fifth in the Premier League.

Spurs will face an altogether different challenge on Saturday, when they take on Rochdale in the FA Cup and a muddy pitch that caused the League One club's fixture against Fleetwood last weekend to be postponed.

"At 2-0 down, my feeling was so bad", he said after Spurs recorded 72 per cent possession in the first half and 67 per cent overall against last year's runners-up. Only the opening seven minutes were hard to handle, but for 83 minutes we dominated Juventus and that is a thing to praise.

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

Ilkay Gundogan got two, Sergio Aguero another and Bernardo Silva another still as City won 4-0, a win that while expected must be applauded for its emphaticness.

Allegri went for an attacking lineup, with Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic supporting Higuain.

Juve had conceded only once in their previous 16 games and the club have reached the Champions League final twice in their last three seasons.

Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards (meters) from goal, inside the first minute. Juventus had not let in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in its past 16 matches.

There were obvious flaws in Tottenham's performance, particularly from a defensive perspective, but Pochettino's team also forced Juventus into uncharacteristic mistakes.

The Spurs went into the half facing a 2-1 deficit, but would get the equalizer in the 71st minute. Running onto a pass from Dele Alli, the Tottenham striker rounded the advancing Buffon and stroked the ball into the net from a tight angle. But Juve will have Matuidi and indeed star forward Paulo Dybala fit for their trip to London next month and Mauricio Pochettino will have to be on top of his game if he is to overcome last year's finalists in the second leg. The two away goals now give Spurs a slight advantage in the tie.