Toby Alderweireld left at home for Juventus match


Much has been made of the two strikers going head to head in this tie, but Allegri was unequivocal in his response over whom he felt was the better player.

Alderweireld returned last week in the FA Cup replay against Newport County but was left out of the win over Arsenal on Saturday, and he didn't travel to Turin. Pochettino insists Spurs want to ease Alderweireld back into first-team football but the player himself declared himself fit and ready after last week's cup win at Wembley.

Llorente, 32, also said defeating current European Champions Real Madrid in the group stage of the Champions League has bolstered the confidence of his team.

Tottenham mounted a remarkable comeback to deservedly draw at Juventus in the first leg of their round of 16 tie. This will be a tough game for Spurs since they will be away from home but they need to ensure that it is a close game so that they are still in the fight when they will be at home in a few weeks time.

Spurs piled on the pressure in the second half and were rightly rewarded in the 71st minute as Eriksen sent a piledriver into the bottom corner from a set-piece from just outside the area.

For a side that has reached two Champions League finals in three seasons, Juventus' surprisingly poor strategy could well see them eliminated in the round of 16.

And it is claimed by Matt Law of The Telegraph that Alderweireld is unlikely to be happy at being left out of Mauricio Pochettino's squad to face Juventus, something that could impact his future at the club. "I think I was a good judge".

Pochettino has said Spurs will not change their 4-2-3-1 formation or attacking approach at the Allianz Stadium after taking seven points from league games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

"But if we could win the first leg it would be fantastic". You look at all the top teams, they all have big squads.

"You know how we work", Pochettino told reporters, report. "My idea is to keep playing the same, to try and be a little bit braver if we can".

"Of course someone will replace him because we have to play 11, but it'll be someone with different characteristics", Allegri said. It's not easy to score in Serie A. They defend well, they have good tactics and normally play with five defenders, so it's not easy to play against them.