Aesop knew: It's not just about the first 8 minutes.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.What a game; what a week; what a month; what a team! To be beaten or outplayed by Spurs is rapidly becoming a privilege afforded to a growing number of top clubs. I know, I know we haven't won anything yet.
This was not so much a game of two halves more a game of the first 8 minutes and then the rest. Juventus began their victory celebrations a little early and dropped off, mentally too, never doubting their ability to defend a two goal lead.
And who can blame them with their pedigree and history. But Spurs are a team of grit and determination as well as skill and quality these days and were allowed to take over the game entirely.
Juventus are challenging for the Serie A title and have lost just a single game. They have only conceded a one goal in 16 matches and have had the best defensive record in each of the past six seasons.
Statistics have a fascination all of their own of course but nothing can overcome the pride and jubilation I felt as Harry and then Christian wiped out an imposing two goal lead. Juventus have kept eight clean sheets in their last eight home games.
Mauricio must take a lot of the credit for this Spurs performance. He has produced a team that lately doesn't know when they are beaten. Yes Juventus had some top players missing, but they had plenty left. We were missing 'only' Toby.
With Dembele for the second game running and Eriksen in command of the midfield and Lamela, in for Son, Dele and Kane causing problems all night up front Tottenham given the space to play in did just that. Juventus were well and truly shocked.
Eriksen and Dele combined to set up Harry and he went round the onrushing Buffon and scored into an empty net. The first goal that Juventus have conceded this year and that Buffon has conceded since November, 694 minutes for club and country.
It was the 19th time that Dele has provided an assist for Harry for club and country. Harry equals Gerrard's 7 goals in a single Champions' League season. Nine goals in the competition after nine games is itself a new record.
They tried to get in our faces at the start of the second half but couldn't sustain the effort and the first half was a repeat of the first, except for the first ten minutes obviously.
Eriksen had come close with a free kick against Arsenal. Despite his dead-ball maestro reputation his goal to make it 2-2 was his first he has scored since Swansea in 2015/16. A good moment to find his range.
Davies and Aurier kept their cool after conceding penalties through lack of awareness or rashness and we kept our focus. The second penalty miss was of course crucial.
That Higuain was offside for the first goal has largely been ignored by the Press and it wasn't even marginal. But they have other stories about Spurs to peddle: trophies, selling our best players and Mauricio and the rest.
Now in the second leg at Wembley 0-0,1-1 or any win will see us through. Not beyond our current capabilities and Harry for one has unfinished statistical business.
We aren't going to win the Premiership, that boat has sailed up the Manchester Ship Canal, but our chances of going through to the last eight of the Champions' League are better now than they were before we played the first leg in Italy.
Jimmy's Video Spot
All goals and no highlights. Not sure what Buffon was playing at for either goal but thanks anyway. Dele made amends for losing Higuain for the first later.