Higuain, of course! - Allegri backs his man over Spurs' Kane

The striker has struggled to make his mark for Spurs largely due to Harry Kane's excellence

Tottenham had a mountain to climb against a side which had reached the Champions League final in two of the past three seasons.

But Tottenham dominated possession and grew into the game, securing a much-deserved draw through excellent goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. We were very disappointed but that was our first experience of it.

"We started well and then had difficulties managing the ball because they were good at that, but don't think had a lot of chances apart from (Gianluigi) Buffon's save (from Kane)".

But Pochettino, when reflecting on last Saturday's 1-0 win over Arsenal, said: "It is important for the belief of the team and for the confidence". "He's a player that's grown a lot, the most hard thing is to keep improving", he added.

Pochettino's men have just negotiated a tricky spell in style by claiming Premier League victories over Manchester United and Arsenal while also fighting back to earn a point at Liverpool, despite trailing in stoppage time. It's a good example of the capacity we have.

"Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility, aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope will take us to Kiev in May". You look at all the top teams, they all have big squads.

Harry Kane pulled one back and then, vitally, Higuain struck the bar with another penalty on the stroke of halftime. We shouldn't get depressed.

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The biggest test for a well-drilled Juventus side will be to keep English global Harry Kane, who recently scored his 100 league goal, away from causing any damage.

"I always say that Real Madrid have been the only team in recent years who have done better than Juventus in recent years in the Champions League".

"He is 28 and it was a massive injury that we need to manage and be cautious with because we can not put his career at risk", said Pochettino.

Dybala has failed to score in the Champions League this season, despite featuring in all six of Juve's group games. It remains to be seen whether or not his Juventus omission will ultimately prove decisive with Chelsea, Manchester United, City and Real all watching on.

"I'm so happy to be here, my first time after 45 years".

Spurs have regularly exercised caution when bringing players back from long-term injuries, with Danny Rose and Erik Lamela receiving similar treatment after their returns from respective knee and hip problems.