Juventus star Higuain passed fit for Tottenham clash but Mandzukic misses out

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"Dybala is fully fit, as seen against Lazio, but tomorrow is such an important game that they all want to be a part of it, even if not at 100 percent".

But Pochettino said: "We must not think too much about the consequences of the result".

Tottenham are on a 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions, sit fourth in the Premier League, have an FA Cup quarter-final ahead and are within touching distance of the business end of the Champions League. "For me he's one of the best, with Harry Kane". "Tomorrow we are going to face one of the best teams in the world and in history".

"You need to live through different experiences and it was the case last season in the Champions League [when they went out at the group stage].

We are playing against one of the best teams in Europe, but we are a fearless team, positive people, that love the challenge and we all think we can win", Pochettino said during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"Of course there will be a bit more added pressure and maybe more nerves, but that is why we play football".

The Croatian had been expected to start alongside Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa in a front three, but Allegri will now have to assess the fitness of Higuain, who has missed Juve's past two fixtures with an ankle injury, before making up his mind.

"He is one of the greatest in history and has put his stamp on history, and you can only have respect and admiration for his whole career", said Spurs' skipper. They could all play together, they might not.

"But when they game starts, you are very focused on your own situation and your motivation to win the game". I'm in good shape, I think I've been on top of my game for a couple of months now and I feel very good'.

"We are still not satisfied after the successes in recent years, and that is what stands us apart". I took three hours to have lunch with him and he was a great kid, great person, great professional, great player. As it turns out, the same thing could well happen again, despite the rules being changed.

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