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Mousa Dembele.

What Rio Ferdinand said about Mousa Dembele after Juventus v Spurs was spot on

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Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele was one of the star performers yet again as Tottenham produced an impressive comeback in Turin in the Champions League.

Juventus were 2-0 up within nine minutes through a Gonzalo Higuain double but goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen put Mauricio Pochettino's side in pole position to progress to the quarter-finals.

"We could have [folded] away from home, Champions League, at Juventus and on the big stage," Kane said after the game.

"It shows the character in the squad and we deserved to get back in the game. Two away goals, going back to Wembley, is a great result."

Eriksen was Man of the Match but Dembele caught the eye of many with a superb performance in the heart of Tottenham's midfield.

Dembele - who has been plagued by injury - was magnificent against Arsenal on Saturday and he was flawless once again on Tuesday night.

Gerrard and Ferdinand rave about Dembele on BT Sport

Retired Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard is widely considered to be one of the finest central midfielders of his generation.

The 37-year-old scouser, along with Rio Ferdinand, waxed lyrical about the former Fulham star immediately after the 2-2 draw.

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"I thought Dembele's performance was magnificent," said Gerrard on BT Sport. "I can't remember him putting in a performance like that on that stage.

"I thought he was terrific all night."

Ferdinand claimed the 30-year-old Belgian is thriving thanks to his Argentine manager - and even suggested that there is no one better than Dembele in his role.

"I think the manager has to take credit," said Ferdinand. "Dembele was previously a player who people said 'he doesn't create enough, he doesn't do enough, he doesn't score'.

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"He's been withdrawn into a deeper role to dictate the tempo of a game - and he's doing it better than anyone at the moment."

Spot on - he's been nothing short of world class recently and you'll be hard pressed to name a defensive midfielder playing at a higher level right now.

Former Fulham teammate John Arne Riise chimed in with his two cents on the in-form Tottenham man.

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