Pochettino reveals 'massive' impact of Tottenham draw v Juventus
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that the impact of the club’s draw against Juventus has been ‘massive’ for their exposure across the world.
Spurs entered the knock out stages of Europe’s premier club competition having gone undefeated in their group stage, which included Apoel Nicosia, German giants Borussia Dortmund and reigning champions Real Madrid, all of which Spurs beat at least once.
However it looked as though their six game unbeaten run was to come to an abrupt end in Turin on Tuesday, with Gonzalo Higuain’s brace in the opening 10 minutes signalling a nightmare start for Pochettino and his men.
While Higuain could have grabbed his hat trick with a missed penalty, Spurs rallied and fought back to pull off a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, leaving the tie finely poised ahead of the reverse fixture at Wembley.
Now, the Argentine manager has revealed the impact the result has had in getting Tottenham’s name known globally, and puts it down to the worldwide phenomenon that is the Champions League.
He told the Mirror: “That result at Juventus changes everything, the perception across the world.
“The draw with Juventus was massive. It was seen around the world because people watch the Champions League.
“After our performance against Juventus, we have a lot of new fans. That is the truth. People have been calling me from Argentina and everywhere and saying ‘Wow, Tottenham, Tottenham, Tottenham.’
“Three and a half years ago the club wasn’t in a position to compete in the best competitions. Now we have started to change that image of Tottenham.”
Spurs’ best performance in the Champions League came back in the 2010/11 season, when they went from the play offs to the quarter finals, losing just one group game, beating AC Milan in the round of 16 before succumbing to Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the last eight.
Last season they failed to make it past the group stages, finishing third behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen before dropping out of the Europa League round of 32 with defeat to Gent.
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