Tottenham Hotspur star Son Hueng-min insists his club are “not scared” of Italian giants Juventus ahead of the second-leg in the Champions League round of 16 at Wembley on Wednesday.
Spurs came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Turin in the first-leg of Champions League round of 16 last month. They found themselves stunned inside 10 minutes when Gonzalo Higuain scored twice but credit to Mauricio Pochettino’s boys, who didn’t bog down and continued to fight before achieving a famous 2-2 draw eventually.
Son, who scored a brace in the 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League last weekend, believes the current Spurs team have enough quality to advance in the quarter-finals of the Champions League past the experienced Italians.
“We are hungry; we are not finished,” Son was quoted by the Sky Sports.
“It’s a Champions League game against a difficult opponent. We play at home but we are not scared. We need to play our game, be confident and play forward like we play at Wembley. That’s the most important thing.
“We are looking forward to playing against a good team, a good opponent. I hope it’s a great atmosphere and I think we have a great opportunity.
“You can see how well Tottenham play. We deserve to play in the Champions League to the quarter-final or even more. We are good enough. If we win, everyone will be proud of Tottenham.
“I have to accept it if the gaffer doesn’t choose me: I just have to be ready if I come on or if I’m on the bench.”
Ahead of the big night against Juventus in the Champions League, Son with his match-winning performance against the Terriers has once again claimed he deserves to start ahead of Erik Lamela.
Lamela did start in the first leg at Turin but it would make sense if Mauricio Pochettino starts Son ahead of the Argentine on Wednesday.
The South Korean has often been the difference-maker for Spurs this season, scoring against the lesser teams at Wembley in the Premier League. And given what the forward did at Wembley last Saturday, it would be criminal not to start the in-form Son against the Italian champions.
Only time will tell what Pochettino decides before the big game at Wembley.