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Spurs star admits salvaging their season will be "hard" after Juventus heartache

Narrow loss to Juventus leaves Spurs needing to lick their wounds quickly before chasing the FA Cup and a top-four finish

Tottenham's Son Heung-Min accepts it will be difficult to save their season after crashing out of the Champions League.

They still have an FA Cup quarter-final against Swansea and a top four finish to go for, but Wednesday's agonising European exit against Juventus has rocked the dressing room and checked their progress under boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Son admits the club is still young and lacking European experience but they will have to pick themselves up for a trip to a Bournemouth side that's lost once in six games on Sunday.

The South Korea international said: “It's going to be hard. It's hard, difficult to change the mentality after the Juventus game but the next game is on Sunday again.

Son and Spurs were so close to reaching the Champions League quarter-finals... (Image: Reuters)
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...but conceded two goals in as many second-half minutes... (Image: AFP/Getty)

...and watched their Italian visitors celebrating on the Wembley pitch instead (Image: AFP/Getty)

“We need to be ready mentally and physically. In all our minds, if we feel ready, we can beat Bournemouth. This is the main thing.

“We're so young. Remember last season when we had the problem with the Champions League at Wembley. This season, no-one can say anything about that because we played very well in the Champions League from the group.

“No-one thought in the group stage we'd go through but we did and in the group stage we played very well against Juventus. That's the main thing.”

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Juventus’ former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny insisted that the Italians won because of experience - and also enjoyed taunting Tottenham fans near the bench.

Szczesny, being groomed to be Gianluigi Buffon’s successor, said: "We’ve got players who have won the World Cup, they’ve won six [Serie A] championships in a row and you see that makes a difference in the difficult situations.

"Where others crumble, we manage to get out on top.

Tottenham looked on course for the last eight when Son scored... (Image: AFP)

...adding to their plucky fightback from 2-0 down to draw the away leg (Image: AFP/Getty)

“I think especially when you consider that we were in difficult situations throughout the two legs and yet we managed to come out on top so it shows you the great character and spirit of the team and I believe that made it a difference.

“I enjoyed it a lot. There was a couple of (Tottenham) fans, very vocal next to my bench who went missing after the 80th minute so, yeah, I enjoyed it plus winning at Wembley is always special.”

Eric Dier is a fitness worry for as he left Wembley on Wednesday night with an arm in a sling. The injury is being assessed and he could miss Sunday’s game.

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