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UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus 07 March 2018

UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus 07 March 2018 UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v Juventus 07 March 2018
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 11:54

The Serie A champions moved into the quarter-finals thanks to a 2-1 win over Tottenham on Wednesday as they sealed a 4-3 aggregate success. At the end of first half, we believed, we said to keep calm and the chance will arrive.

Pep Guardiola and his armies have shown us that their first-two teams could play in a competition and still play against one another in the final if their path didn't cross before the final.

But it was not to be and Tottenham's Champions League adventures are over for another year. For numerous current Juventus crop it has been forged in a run of six consecutive league titles and two Champions League final appearances in the last three years. But they had chances to build one early in the second leg.

"I think we conceded three chances and they scored twice", Pochettino said. They were up 2-0 before ten minutes were up in the match, but then they steadily allowed Tottenham more and more into the game, ultimately ending in giving up a goal on either side of halftime and not being able to muster up enough fight to find a victor. We did everything to try to win.

"It was not a lack of experience, but a lack of concentration", he told reporters after the game.

"It was very hard during the match", Chiellini said, "because we had to think of the game and the outcome and it's not easy".

"In less than three minutes we conceded two goals, (we made) two big mistakes - and that is why we are out of the competition", he told BT Sport. But we are very disappointed.

Harry Kane's header hit the post during the dying minutes of the second half and the trailing ball was cleared off the line by Andrea Barzagli, in what was the last chance for Tottenham to take the game to the extra time.

Runaway Premier League leaders City were content to play their trademark possession football but Basel's endeavours were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Michael Lang blasted past Claudio Bravo at the near post. "We are growing up year by year and match by match".

Visiting coach Massimiliano Allegri made changes on the hour mark, bringing on Kwandwo Asamoah for Blaise Matuidi and Stephan Lichtsteiner for Medhi Benatia as Juve reverted to four at the back.

"We saw Juventus, when they got their noses in front, there was no way they were going to give that up". "We were a team from start to finish and we deserved it".