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Spurs paid high price for two mistakes, says Pochettino

Jose Mourinho centre and Marcus Rashford right masterminded Manchester United's victory over Liverpool. Laurence Griffiths  Getty Images Jose Mourinho centre and Marcus Rashford right masterminded Manchester United's victory over Liverpool. Laurence Griffiths Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 09 March, 2018, 03:13

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes "big mistakes" were the reason his side exited the Champions League after a 2-1 home loss to Italian giants Juventus.

Juventus staged a superb comeback over Tottenham Hotspur midway through the second half here, downing the British squad 2-1 at Wembley Stadium and earning a ticket to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Gonzalo Higuain punished poor Tottenham marking to steer in Juventus's equaliser and Paulo Dybala bagged the victor three minutes later with a cool finish after splitting the hosts' poorly-executed offside trap. That experience - we are so young, this Champions League was good because we played teams like Real Madrid, Dortmund, Juventus - we can learn, improve a lot.

It was only for two and a half minutes, but in that time Juventus scored twice, first through Gonzalo Higuain and then with Paulo Dybala's clever run and shot. I'm very proud of our performance. "When you assess the game, I think only Tottenham was better for more than 70 minutes", he said.

Pochettino insists he can not be unhappy with his players and cited Juventus' superior Champions League experience as a key factor. "It is very hard, we know, because there are all these big clubs, but we are here". We have a game on Monday against Stoke and we have to do better in that."in and we're not happy with that".

The Premier League side had outplayed Juventus at times, but as we saw in Serie A last weekend, the Old Lady always lives up to her motto of "Fino alla Fine" - until the end.

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"At halftime we told ourselves that we had to remain calm despite suffering so much because our chances would come", he said.

"We did suffer a lot, but that's normal in football", said Allegri. "Four years ago, we did not have this experience but we have grown up year by year", Chiellini said.

Normal service resumed in the second-half with Tottenham still the first to every second ball. You can win or lose. "I'm disappointed for our players and our fans but it's about the future". "We want to do well as a team and individuals".

"It was tough but a fantastic experience for us".

After a 2-2 draw in Turin, Spurs were marginal favourites going into the contest at Wembley and looked to be heading into the quarter-finals when Heung-min Son put them ahead just before the break.

"That's not to say we can't compete with these teams".

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