Tottenham attacking midfielder Erik Lamela is ready to return to Italy after his two season in Roma. In a week the Spurs will in fact face Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 and the Argentinian feels quite confident for the game: “I am optimistic about the game, I think we can do it. Details will be fundamental in getting qualification. Juventus are a very strong team, they have played two Champions League finals in the last three campaigns, but we are a strong side too. The draw against Liverpool can give us a boost”, Lamela says to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
Many clubs had shown interest in the Argentinian but Juve were not one of those: “There’s never been anything with the Bianconeri. Inter? I only think about the club I’m at, and I am very good here at Tottenham, the club is getting better and better and I love living in London. Pochettino is from Argentina like me and he knows that it is not easy for a young player to settle in quickly in a completely different culture. At the beginning I had many problems with the language, injuries and different football. After the first season many people told me to leave England, but I didn’t want to give up, it was a challenge. Now I’m still here, so I made the right choice.”