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Mauricio Pochettino hails dream draw against Juventus

By Oliver Todd for MailOnline

Published: 13:34 EST, 11 December 2017 | Updated: 13:34 EST, 11 December 2017

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Juventus as his dream draw after Tottenham were handed a trip to his family's roots in the Champions League.

Last season's finalists were among the toughest teams Spurs could have drawn in Nyon on Monday but Pochettino and his players are confident of beating anyone after seeing off Real Madrid.

And the tie has added significance for the Argentine manager, with his family hailing from Turin, where Tottenham will travel for the first leg on February 13, before moving to South America.

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Juventus as his dream draw as he prepares to go back to his roots

Mauricio Pochettino hailed Juventus as his dream draw as he prepares to go back to his roots

Tottenham got the Italian Champions in Monday's last 16 Champions League drawTottenham got the Italian Champions in Monday's last 16 Champions League draw

Tottenham got the Italian Champions in Monday's last 16 Champions League draw

'It's fantastic because my family came from Italy, from Turin — unbelievable!' Pochettino said. 'My surname is from Italy.

TOTTENHAM'S GROUP STAGE RESULTS

September 13: Tottenham 3-1 Borussia Dortmund

September 26: APOEL 0-3 Tottenham

October 17: Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham

November 1: Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid

November 21: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham

December 6: Tottenham 3-0 APOEL

'It's a city and a club I've always wanted to play and it's now fantastic to be going to the city of Turin to play against Juventus.'

He added: 'It's so important to be competitive and we've shown we can do that, we've shown we can deal with the pressure of the Champions League.

'This will be a different game to Real Madrid and it's so exciting to play Juventus.'

Harry Kane added: 'This is what the Champions League is all about. We all watched the draw together in the gym and it's exciting for us — it's the first time for a lot of us in this stage of the competition.

'To go far you have to beat the best and we've done that in the group stage, now it's the next step. We'll use the confidence we gained from the group stage and take that into every game going forward.'

The Spurs manager revealed his family are from Turin and he is excited to go to the City to playThe Spurs manager revealed his family are from Turin and he is excited to go to the City to play

The Spurs manager revealed his family are from Turin and he is excited to go to the City to play

Harry Kane said they will use the confidence gained from the groups for this two-legged affairHarry Kane said they will use the confidence gained from the groups for this two-legged affair

Harry Kane said they will use the confidence gained from the groups for this two-legged affair

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