Juventus midfielder heaps praises on Spurs

Serie A By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 24/02/2018

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has heap praise on Tottenham Hotspurs after their 2-2 draw in the Champions League last 16 first-leg in Turin.

Bianconerri raced into a 2-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes of the first leg of the Champions League, but goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen sealed a draw for Spurs to put them in the driving seat ahead of the return game at Wembley.

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The 27-year-old Pjanic suggested the scrutiny faced by Juventus was unfair to the Premier League outfit.

"Criticism too heavy? Yes, it was excessive because we were facing Tottenham, who are a great team from the midfield up,” he told Premium Sport.

"They suffered at the back, but they’re still a quality team, so maybe those who criticised us didn’t know Tottenham.

"After we went 2-0 up, we had to manage the game better, but [the tie] isn’t over, we believe in ourselves and obviously we want to go through.”

Juventus tackle Atalanta back-to-back before going away to Lazio and trip to London to face Tottenham in the return leg March 7.