Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said his side deserved a win after fighting back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw at Juventus on Tuesday night.
Despite a disastrous start that saw Gonzalo Higuain put Juventus 2-0 up inside nine minutes, Spurs will take a slim advantage on away goals back to the return leg at Wembley next month
But Pochettino believed his side were worthy of leaving Turin with an even better result, telling BT Sport: “Fantastic game. We were sloppy and conceded two goals in nine minutes, but the character we showed was fantastic.
“I want to congratulate the players — 2-0 down in Turin to a team so difficult to break down. We deserved a victory more than a draw.
“We are more mature now. In the last few weeks, the team are growing and have stepped up. It’s a good example of the capacity we have.
“The team was amazing in how they reacted. You need some luck always in football. The tie is open, Juventus are a massive team. We have the hope we can win in Wembley.”
Harry Kane round Gianluigi Buffon to score the first goal, and he said he was glad that Tottenham continued to battle after the hosts’ early punches.
“We could have [capitulated], away from home in the Champions League. It showed character,” Kane said. “It was an excellent performance after that and we take two away goals to Wembley. Great result.”
Christian Eriksen, who completed the comeback with a second-half free kick, liked Spurs’ chances in the second leg.
“We are sure we will have chances at Wembley,” he said. “We go into that game full of confidence and we’re looking forward to it.”