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Allegri manages to defend his player’s mediocrity.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri warned against an overly critical reaction to his players in a hugely passionate defence of his side after their 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first 10 minutes to put last season’s beaten finalists in command against the North Londoners in their last-16 tie.

But Harry Kane pulled a goal back and Higuain missed a second penalty, before Christian Eriksen’s free-kick ensured a pulsating contest finished 2-2.

Anticipating a media bashing towards his players after their failure to hang on, Allegri responded: “This really drives me nuts.

“The top priority of Juventus is (to win) the seventh league championships (in a row), which is a lot.

“We are making huge efforts and we are about to go through in the Coppa Italia, but if a draw like tonight you believe it could repress us that is something I don’t accept.

“We have a draw against Tottenham in Champions League and it is like a big loss. It is not like this.

“Juventus has never been favourites in this tie. We had 50 per cent possibility before the match and we still have that after this match.”