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Mauricio Pochettino heaps praise on "special talent" Paulo Dybala

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Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino describes Paulo Dybala as 'one of the best in the world' and hopes to see the Juventus ace feature in this week's European tie.

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that he wants Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala to return from injury in time to face Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night.

The Argentina international has not featured for the Serie A champions since early January after limping off against Cagliari with a thigh injury.

Dybala is seen as a major doubt for Tottenham's visit to the Allianz Stadium, having trained separately from the rest of the squad over the past week, but Pochettino is keen for his players to face as many of Juve's superstars as possible.

"I think Dybala will recover and I hope he does, because I think it's always nice to play against the best in the world," he told Rai Sport.

"I put Dybala in that category, because he is a special talent and seeing him on the pitch is wonderful, even if he might cause your team a few problems."

As well as possibly being without Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi and Benedikt Howedes are all confirmed absentees for the last-16 first-leg tie.

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