"If anyone thought that Juventus would win 4-0 this evening he was way off track", AFP quoted Allegri as saying, after his more experienced side threw away a dream start with two Gonzalo Higuain goals inside 10 minutes to end with a 2-2 draw in front of their frustrated fans at the Allianz Stadium.
However, the Argentine is not counting his chickens, insisting Juventus are still very much alive in the tie. 2-0 down after nine minutes away to Juventus who had only conceded one goal in their previous 16 games and zero in 2018.
Paolo Menicucci, Juventus: Juventus had a terrific start but Tottenham managed to calm their nerves and earned a precious and deserved draw.
Asked for an assessment on how his side has evolved during the course of the season, Pochettino said: "We are more mature now".
Tottenham are now unbeaten against Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus in the last two weeks and Eriksen added: "I think we showed in the last few games and the season overall that we build on everything really".
Told that Spurs had finished with close to 70 percent possession, an nearly unprecedented figure for the away team at the Allianz Stadium, Pochettino said: "That shows how good we were".
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted strongly afterward when it was suggested his team, which is going for a seventh successive Serie A title, should have beaten Spurs, which is fifth in the Premier League.
"The games against the top teams when you are 2-0 down after nine minutes you lose 6-0".
Harry Kane pulled one back on 35 minutes and, although Higuaín missed a second penalty in first-half stoppage time, Pochettino was entitled to say that Tottenham were the dominant force.
The Londoners will now fancy their chances of knocking out last year's runners-up in next month's return leg at Wembley. "You can't reach the final every year".
Things got even worse for Pochettino's men in the 9th minute as Higuain scored a second from the spot after Ben Davies' foul inside the penalty area.
Spurs were pushing for the equaliser, but Juventus nearly extended its lead on the stroke of half-time when Serge Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the area. "After going 2-0 up, we got too deep and stopped playing, but part of that was also down to Tottenham's performance". Pjanic's subsequent free kick found Higuain, who swivelled to volley right-footed past Hugo Lloris. "We had a 50 per cent possibility before the match and we still have that after this match". Here we look at the key battles which will define the tie, which is live on BT Sport 2.