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Tottenham’s Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele praised for starring roles in Champions League clash

Totteham’s Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele have been praised by a former Spurs defender after their dogged performance against Juventus in the Champions League.

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Erik Lamela completed 89 minutes in Tottenham’s come from behind 2-2 draw with Juventus on Tuesday night. The draw puts Tottenham in the driver’s seat thanks to the away goals rule.

Meanwhile, teammate Mousa Dembele put in one of the best performances of his Tottenham career. While Tottenham went down two goals early on, Dembele remained smooth in the centre of the park for Spurs. Dembele won four tackles during the match and completed 95% of his passes.

Lamela, who missed 388 days of action due to a hip injury, was nearly perfect in first leg of the last-16. Deployed as an attacking midfielder, Lamela was constantly hustling and hurrying Juventus defenders when they were in possession.

Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts took to Twitter following the match to praise the Tottenham players’ performance.

The two sides will meet at Wembley Stadium on March 7th in the return leg. Already, Tottenham executives are expected the club to attract one of its biggest attendances yet. Spurs are through to the next round thanks to the away goals rule at the moment. However, that could all change when the two teams meet in the away leg.

A number of Tottenham fans and football pundits also took to Twitter after the match to praise the team’s performance. Here is what some of the them wrote:

While Erik Lamela and Mousa Dembele received a tremendous amount of praise, one former Tottenham player missed out on all of the excitement. On Tuesday, it was announced Ryan Mason has been forced to retire due to a fractured skull he suffered this season.

Tottenham Manager Mauricio Pochettino has left the door open for Mason to return to the club in some capacity.

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