Sami Khedira: 'Juventus can rely on experience against Tottenham Hotspur'

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Michael Owen is backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday night.

Having already beaten Real Madrid in the group stage, Tottenham's reputation across the continent continues to grow and Pochettino has told his players to grasp their latest opportunity to make another big statement. "You can see that the team is more mature and more competitive every season".

"If we perform the way we usually do we will be close to winning and going through to the next stage". "We need to think we can win - we always think in this way - and then what happens will be a outcome of our performance". But then we turned the tide. "People started to respect Tottenham more". We might never get to the bottom of what they were talking about, but the line-up tomorrow will give us a huge clue. "We have to respect the brand of football that we show, and I think in Europe, they respect us".

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Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris knows a clean sheet will be enough to send Tottenham through to the quarter-finals.

Pochettino said it was a "coincidence" that it happened in front of the journalists and that it was animated. It will demand a lot of thought and energy.

Mauricio Pochettino has encouraged his players to "not think too much about the consequences of the result" against Juventus tomorrow and to instead "feel free and enjoy the game".

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"We are in the most important part of the season".

Tottenham are still one of three teams alongside Barcelona and Liverpool yet to test defeat in this season's Champions League and are tipped to maintain that trend at odds of (1.32).

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