Gonzalo Higuain says Juventus took advantage of English teams’ defensive weaknesses in their Champions League victory over Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Serie A giants extended their unbeaten run to 21 games in all competitions, coming from a goal down to beat Spurs 2-1 on the night at Wembley and 4-3 on aggregate.
After securing a 2-2 draw in Turin, Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead through Son Heung-Min in the second leg and looked set for a place in the quarter-finals.
But second half goals from Higuain and Paulo Dybala sealed Juventus’ spot in the last-eight.
After the game, Higuain suggested Juventus knew Tottenham would open up defensively and give the visitors opportunities to win the tie.
“It was a very difficult match against a great side like Tottenham, who always give their best and are aggressive, but we know English teams always leave gaps at the back and would give us opportunities,” he told Mediaset Premium, via Football Italia.
“We had to make the most of them and we did. I’m very happy with this win, as a comeback at Wembley is not easy.”
Spurs had 23 shots at Wembley, but only six of them were on target. Meanwhile, Juventus scored two of their three efforts on target.
Giorgio Chiellini was the key man in a Juventus defence that blocked eight Tottenham shots, while the hosts blocked just one of the visitors’ efforts.
Pochettino’s men were successful with 72.7% of their tackles. Juventus only managed 54.5% success rate, but they were undeniably strong defensively.
The Italians produced 13 interceptions, eight blocks and 37 clearances, and Gianluigi Buffon made five saves to aid the Italians’ cause.