Champions League: Pochettino says Tottenham will go to Juventus to win

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Alderweireld will not travel with Tottenham for their Champions League clash with Juventus after not figuring in the north London derby on Saturday.

The two-legged advantage over Real Madrid and recent wins against Manchester United and Arsenal, coupled with a valiant draw at Liverpool, mean the Tottenham manager sends his side to the Juventus Stadium confident they can beat anybody in their path. Although he stuck with that formation for three games after Toby Alderweireld damaged his hamstring midway through the first half of the 3-1 win over Madrid, he has essentially abandoned the shape since November. Of course we respect Juventus and what they bring to the table, but we have to believe we can get through.

"You know very well football is about trust, confidence and belief and we have now achieved a clean sheet against Manchester United and Arsenal". The Italian team has lost in the finals of the Champions League twice in the last three years and would be looking to make another push for the title.

"This type of challenge for us as defenders give us an impetus to play football. But our belief, our confidence, our form are good, and we will be ready to be very competitive... we are going to be aggressive, we are going to be courageous and we are going to try to win". The Tottenham playmaker had been irrepressible, lifting his team from an early crash that left them trailing by two goals, driving them forward with his zip and precision.

"Not many people expected us to get out the group stage and we proved everyone wrong by finishing top".

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We need to analyse, need to make sure we don't make the same mistakes and we've still got quite a few games to play. It is The Lilywhites' form against the rest of the top six in which we normally see them struggle.

It will be the first European meeting between the two sides and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said there is no favourite.

"It's an exciting match for us that we want to enjoy, tomorrow we want to play with great freedom and enjoy it".

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THE return leg takes place at Wembley on March 7. Christian Eriksen leveled the score with a low free kick that caught Gianlugi Buffon flat-footed with 19 minutes remaining to force the draw.