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Juventus coach Allegri thrilled with Spurs win: We deserved it

Juventus coach Max Allegri says they deserved their stunning win at Champions League opponents Tottenham.

The first leg in Italy ended 2-2 and Son Heung-min put Spurs ahead at Wembley with a scuffed finish from Kieran Trippier's low cross.

But Gonzalo Higuain scored an equaliser when he steered in Sami Khedira's header.

And less than three minutes later, Paulo Dybala raced on to Higuain's through ball and slotted past Hugo Lloris to seal a 4-3 aggregate victory.

“The lads and club deserve compliments for what they've been doing over the last few years," declared Allegri.

“It was a prestigious victory at a stadium like Wembley. We waited for the right time, showed patience and won the game. Over the two legs, I think our qualification was deserved.

“We struggled in the first half, above all by losing the ball and they were deadly in those situations. We kept splitting the team in two with misplaced passes, but after the break were more balanced, compact and kept it tight. The lads achieved something impressive."

The game was transformed when Blaise Matuidi and Medhi Benatia made way for Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

“I made changes because we needed players with different characteristics, as Asamoah is extraordinary in his passing and has been really underestimated throughout his career.

“Lichtsteiner did well working with Khedira, we were tired on the flanks and needed some more pace and width. Tottenham hit the post in the final minute, but Harry Kane was offside.

“Higuain had been out for two weeks, Dybala only really returned on Saturday, so we need to get the others back to full fitness.

“Now we have a couple of games coming up in Serie A that will be crucial."

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