Spurs will go for it away at Juventus despite the Italians’ brilliant defensive record – Pochettino

Spurs will go for it away at Juventus despite the Italians’ brilliant defensive record – Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has reassured fans that his side will travel to Juventus with an attacking mentality despite the Italian side’s excellent defensive record.

The Serie A club boast the joint-best defensive record in the Italian league, conceding only 15 goals all season – and just one in their last 16 matches.

With Juventus known for their defensive capabilities and Spurs hosting the second leg at Wembley, Pochettino could easily head to Turin to park the bus, play for a draw, and then use the home advantage on the return fixture to win the tie.

However the Argentine manager insists that he will be fielding a side intent on achieving a win, saying it would be “fantastic” if they were able to beat last season’s finalists.

“My idea is to keep playing well, to try and be a little bit braver if we can, but being clever because their (Juventus) level is one of the best in Europe,” the Spurs boss said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, reports the Mirror.

“There are many challenges – to overcome our lack of experience in the Champions League, to beat a great team like Juventus, to score against a team that has conceded one goal in 16 games. But if we could win the first leg it would be fantastic,” added Pochettino.

“Of course, Juventus is a great team, one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League — in three seasons they have played two finals.

“This season some performances and some results make us trust in the way we play and there were many positives from this game that have helped us achieve what we want.”

Spurs head into the Champions League fixture in good form, following two victories against Manchester United and Arsenal as well as a draw against Liverpool.

The Lilywhites most recently recorded a 1-0 win during the north London derby, with Premier League top-scorer Harry Kane netting in the second half to secure bragging rights for his side.

The England marksman will be poised to score his 34th goal in all competitions against the Serie A champions – six of which have come in Europe.