But that's exactly what Spurs did tonight against Juventus.
But just how impressive was Spurs' fightback? They topped a group with the current holders and went through at the expense of Borussia Dortmund. It was a heist made in football heaven by a side whose tender years belie their appearance as a fearsome, ferocious counter-attacking unit. Juventus were a little disappointing when you consider their results over the past three months in Italy. "And it's impossible to reach the final every year", he said.
They may well have players back, including Paulo Dybala, for the second game.
With nineteen minutes remaining, Christian Eriksen scored a deserved equaliser for Tottenham. They were by far the better side over 90 minutes.
If Spurs weren't viewed as the Real deal before this sojourn to Turin, they should be now.
"The energy was fantastic and it's important to say we played with one day less [of rest]".
But Juventus had several chances to close it out.
"It's something that makes me insane because you aren't able to analyse how good teams are in the Champions League".
"I think people have lost a bit of objectivity", said Allegri.
Kane showed shades of Alan Shearer late in his career in terms of working over a defence with his mindset, getting Mehdi Benatia booked, a really intelligent performance. "The team was great, but he was fantastic".
The Danish global told BT Sport that the away goals scored in Turin will give Mauricio Pochettino's men a boost ahead of the return leg at Wembley. "We showed great character against a team that played two finals in three years, with awesome experience on the pitch. The effort was wonderful, fantastic, and I want to congratulate them".
"Of course we are more mature".
Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the match and his eighth in his last five matches.
"We still have a good chance to qualify in London, but it's totally insane to think that Juventus has to win 3-0 in the round of 16 in the Champions League".
"We are doing our best and my players should be happy because they are having an incredible season".
"Ronaldo has done it over a longer period of time and there is many a season you would pick Cristiano over him". I don't think many teams can come here and dominate a team like Juventus. "Yes, we have the dream and hope that we can beat them at Wembley".
Juventus' second goal came in the 8th minute of the match.
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