Sunday February 11 2018
Pochettino: 'Dybala among world's best'

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looks set to leave Toby Alderweireld out against Juventus and believes Paulo Dybala is “one of the best in the world.”

The first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 is on Tuesday in Turin.

According to the latest reports coming out of England, defender Alderweireld will be left at home rather than make the trip to Italy.

He made his comeback for 90 minutes in the FA Cup replay win over Newport County on Wednesday, but was out of action for three months with a hamstring injury.

It seems Spurs would prefer he work on his fitness levels in training rather than be part of the squad.

Juventus have their own concerns, as Andrea Barzagli and Dybala have a race against time to be fit, while Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi and Benedikt Howedes are definitely out of action.

“I think Dybala will recover and I hope he does, because I think it’s always nice to play against the best in the world,” Pochettino told Rai Sport.

“I put Dybala in that category, because he is a special talent and seeing him on the pitch is wonderful, even if he might cause your team a few problems.”

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