Pochettino has great wish that could hurt Tottenham ahead of Tuesday’s UCL clash


Tottenham travel to Turin on Tuesday to face Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League last-16, and a mouthwatering clash is expected between the two sides.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he grew up supporting the Serie A heavyweights having lived in the Italian colony in Argentina, and his latest wish suggests he still has affection towards them.

Juve striker Paulo Dybala is in a race to be fit for Tuesday’s game having been out of action since the first Saturday of the New Year, and Pochettino hopes he gets the late medical all-clear to feature.

The Spurs boss told Rai Sport: “It seems that Dybala can recover, maybe recover. It is always nice to play against the best in the world. So even if we give some suffering, I hope to see him in the field.”

Dybala missing in action will be a huge boost for Tottenham given how he can singlehandedly hurt them, having done so against Barcelona last season.

So, wishing the 24-year-old plays against his side isn’t something Pochettino should be particularly keen on.

Dybala has weighed in 14 goals and 3 assists in 19 Serie A games this term, but Tottenham can take relief in the fact that he has drawn barren in all his 6 Champions League appearances this season.

Nevertheless, be careful what you wish for Poch!