Champions League: Spurs fight back against Juventus, City rampant


"Not many teams come here and dominate Juventus".

"We looked to go forward all the time, created chances and showed character and this was the key to getting a draw". The 24-year-old only trails Cristiano Ronaldo (nine goals) as the tournament's top scorer.

Spurs will get the return leg at Wembley on March 7, but face an FA Cup fifth round match with Rochdale and two Premier League fixtures before then.

Higuain was the mastermind behind the goals, as he volleyed home his first in the second minute of the game, after quick thinking from a Miralem Pjanić free-kick saw the striker in space to give the Old Lady the flawless start to the tie.

He admitted Spurs rode their luck when, at 2-1, they conceded their second penalty of the opening 45 minutes but Gonzalo Higuain, on a hat-trick, smashed his shot against the bar.

"We've got a great dressing room", Alli said. We showed great character against a team who played two finals (in the last three years).

"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.

"When you see a performance like that, to re-group and to comeback and play as they did, it was a controlled performance. They are a very physical and technical team".

"Of course, it's his decision but I think what he's building here he would like to be part of it".

Favourites now to reach the quarter-finals, Spurs followed up their group stage win over Real Madrid with another brilliant result to leave Eriksen purring.

This season they've shown that they can compete with the big boys in the Champions League and what was so impressive about last night was their response to a shocking start.

"This really irritates me, because people have no idea on the dimensions of teams".

Spurs had steadied the ship, and started growing in confidence as the half progressed.

Mousa Dembele completed 100 passes on his own.

And the Argentina worldwide doubled his tally from the penalty spot after Ben Davies had clumsily upended Federico Bernardeschi.

"I had a chance before it (his goal) and I should have scored that, but like I always say, you've got to be ready for the next one".

However, with Juventus content to sit back, Spurs began to dominate possession and nearly got one back in the 26th but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a great save to keep out Kane's header from point-blank range.