|COMPETITION||Champions League Round of 16 First leg|
|DATE||Tuesday 13th February 2018|
2. Mattia de SCIGLIO
3. Giorgio CHIELLINI
4. Medhi BENATIA
5. Miralem PJANIC
6. Sami KHEDIRA
7. Juan CUADRADO
8. Claudio MACHISIO
9. Gonzalo HIGUAIN
10. Paulo DYBALA
11. Douglas COSTA
12. Alex SANDRO
14. Blaise MATUIDI
15. Andrea BARZAGLI
17. Mario MANZUKIC
21. Benedikt HOWEDES
22. Kwadwo ASAMOAH
23. Wojciech SZCZESNY
24. Daniele RUGANI
26. Stephan LICHTSTEINER
27. Stefano STURARO
30. Rodrigo BENTANCUR
33. Federico BERNARDESCHI
-. Leandro FERNANDES
-. Pietro BERUATTO
-. Grigoris KASTANOS
Tottenham travel to Turin off the back of a three match unbeaten run
of three games against fellow challengers for a finishing Champions
League place. While not quite the same as 22 home Champions
League matches unbeaten, it will be an interesting showdown between
the leaders of the Italian league and the fifth placed team in the
Will it be a stereotypical defensive performance from the Italian club or will Tottenham's flowing attacking football take the upper hand ? Will Juve's confidence show through or can Tottenham carry their good form from the Premier League into the match ? In recent times gone by, Spurs would have travelled with only the faintest hope, but such as been the progress under Pochettino that a result in the Allianz Stadium is not beyond the realm of reality.
Having four main players missing, the home team will be hampered, but with players such as Buffon, Chiellini, Higuain and Pjanic, there is more than enough talent in the ranks of the Old Lady's squad to give anyone a good game. Unfortunately for them that good game didn't come in last season's final, as they succumbed to Real Madrid. Sami Khedira can still control the midfield, but his legs might not carry him as quickly as his younger days, but someone whose legs do is Douglas Costa, the Bayern Munich winger on loan at Juventus. Medhi Benatia and Alex Sandro are much sought after defenders, who are happy at Juve and up front Mario Mandzukic is till capable of scoring great goals , as he did in the final of this competition last season.
Tottenham are used to having the majority of the ball in matches, but here, they may have to make do with under 50% and make the most of the ball that they get. The home team might no be used to the high press, but have players to hit with an out ball, but they might not be used to being pressed for long periods of the game, as Spurs have shown their stamina to do so. We showed the patience needed in Saturday's game against Arsenal, who came to stultify and ended up nearly being on the end of a big beating, but also nearly snatched an undeserved point at the end.
Spurs will have to be wary
of the same in this game..
|PREDICTION||Juventus 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1|
JUVENTUS TEAM NEWS :
Paolo Dybala will not be risked in the first leg of the tie, while Juve will still be without Juan Cuadrado, Andrea Barzagli and Blaise Matuidi too.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) will not be risked on Tottenham's trip tno Turin, but other than that, Mauricio Pochettino has a full squad to choose from.
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Champions League Round of 16 First leg
Tuesday 13th February 2018
Tottenham Hotspur 2 (1)
Kick off 19:45 (UK Time)
Higuain 1m 13s
Higuain (p) 8m 00s
Kane 34m 27s
Eriksen 71m 00s
Benatia (foul on Kane) 45
Higuain (dissent) 60
Bentacur (foul on Davies) 80
Davies 8 (foul on Bernardeschi) 8
|Crowd : 41,232||Weather : Chilly|
|Referee : Felix Brych (GER)||Assistant Referees : Mark Borsch (GER); Stefan Lupp (GER)|
|Fourth Official : Markus Hacker (GER)||Additional Assistant Referees : Bastian Dankert (GER); Marco Fritz (GER)|
|UEFA Delegate : Balazs Makray (HUN)||UEFA Referee Observer : Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)|
|Juventus kicked off in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 5 minutes.|
|Juventus :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Gianluigi BUFFON (c)
Mattia de SCIGOLIO
Rodrigo BENTACUR 66)
Stefano STURARO 76)
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Lucas MOURA 89)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Massimilliano Allegri||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
|Sponsor : Jeep||Shirt sponsor : AIA|
|Kit Supplier : adidas||Kit Supplier : Nike|
A pulsating match saw Tottenham turn the tables on Juventus, who took an early two goal lead, but dropped into typical Italian defensive mode, allowing Spurs not only to dominate possession, but also the play and draw level and possibly could have gone on to win the game. The draw sets up the return leg on a knife-edge, but one team will have taken more from this match and it wasn't Juve.
The tifosi had been out
early laying out the plastic flags to make pretty patterns around
the home fans sections, that all came out when the Champions League
anthem was played, but the Spurs fans made themselves heard though
in the numerical minority.
How will Spurs approach the second leg ? Well, much the same as the first, but without letting two goals in at the start of the match. How will Juventus approach the second leg ? They have to come out and play a bit, as with two away goals, Spurs have an advantage, but Allegri will no doubt try and lay a cannier trap for Tottenham. His only problem is an ever lengthening injury list, making selection a bit of a problem.
But to the Spurs the plaudits. City might have won 4-0 away to Basel, but I think this is a much more impressive performance. If we can replicate it in the second leg, Kane's vision of him lifting the trophy gets a step nearer.
Harry Kane equalled Steven Gerrard's record for en English player in the Champions League of 7 goals in one season.
Kane's nine goals in nine games is more than any player has scored before in the competition after the same number of games.
Tottenham are the first team
to overturn a two goal deficit since Juventus moved into their new
stadium in 2011.
Juventus were the first
foreign team to play an English team and were so impressed with
Notts. County's play that they stole their kit from the dressing
room after the game. Thus in their home country they are known
as Gazza (the translation for Magpie - the thieving bird).
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|Basel (SWI)||0||Manchester City||4||Tuesday|
|Bayern Munich (GER)||-||-||-||-day|
|FC Porto (POR)||-||-||-||-day|
|Paris Saint Germain (FRA)||-||-||-||-day|
|Real Madrid (SPA)||-||-||-||-day|
|AS Roma (ITA)||-||-||-||-day|
|Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)||-||-||-||-day|
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone might think so.
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