Tottenham boss Pochettino gives verdict on Juventus loss

Mauricio Pochettino was proud of what he saw from his players during Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Juventus on Wednesday evening, however, he insisted they just needed a bit more luck.

Spurs had played to a high standard in both their matches with the Italian champions and the tie essentially came down to a three-minute period which swung for the Turin outfit.

Tottenham had been deserving of their lead in the first half when Heung-Min Son found the back of the net, although they could have had a penalty decision easily go against them.

Jan Vertonghen was guilty of bringing down Douglas Costa in the box for what looked like a stonewall penalty, however, it was not given by the referee.

Juventus piled on the pressure in the second half, which saw Gonzalo Higuian and Paulo Dybala take the tie away from the home side in the space of four minutes, leading to Pochettino to cursing their luck.

“I think we concede three chances and they score twice, we create a lot of chances and only score one goal,” he told talkSport.

“Okay, we need to find a lot of reasons or we can talk about a lot of different situations and sometimes you need some luck to win.

“But I feel very proud, we compete very well against a very good team like Juventus.

“We dominate overall in the two games and I think we were much better.

“But in this type of level, in three minutes the tie was for Juventus.”

Tottenham will now be looking ahead to the FA Cup as their only chance of winning a trophy this season, whilst they also look to continue to build on their current league position, as they look to take part in next year’s Champions League competition.