Tottenham boss Pochettino heaps praise on Spurs hero Eriksen - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/02/2018

Christian Eriksen, Tottenham

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on an outstanding performance from Spurs hero Christian Eriksen after his side's Champions League draw against Juventus.

The 26-year-old Denmark international scored a 71st-minute free-kick as the Premier League outfit came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with the Old Lady's at the Allianz  Stadium on Tuesday night in the first leg of the round of 16 encounters.

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Eriksen produced another fine display for the Tottenham much to the delight of the Argentina coach and giving them the advantage with two away goals heading back to Wembley in three weeks' time.

"I think Christian had an amazing game. He was outstanding. He was fantastic," he said.

"Christian is doing, in my few years, always an important player for us. He always steps up and I think he's this type of player who represents our philosophy.

"He's a player who links the team and he was fantastic. The team was great, but he was fantastic."

Pochettino hailed the maturity and character of his side against last year's losing finalists and insists not many teams can come to Turin and dominate the Serie A champions but Spurs fall behind to an early Gonzalo Higuain brace and, after Harry Kane pulled a goal back, the Argentina international missed a penalty.

"I think we have experience, but not the kind of experience of Juventus in playing in this competition," he said.

"It's true that we started the game not in a good way, but that showed that we are mature enough to compete in the Champions League.

"The team showed great character and the good thing is that this is our fourth season and always we are improving in different aspects.

"This aspect was the last and it is necessary to try to be competitive and in the end fight for big things."

Juventus will visit Wembley March 7 in the second leg clash with Tottenham Hotspurs.