UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SHOWDOWN: TOTTENHAM VS JUVENTUS
Wednesday night in Wembley are nights that Tottenham have craved for quite a while but their opposition is one that hasn’t lost a Champions League Knockout match since they did against Bayern Munich in 2014. The Old ladies have been in 2 Champions League Finals in the past 3 years.
With Dybala expected to start Mauricio Pochettino’s Men certainly have their work cut out. Spurs will take confidence from the fact that didn’t lose away at Juventus and still haven’t tasted defeat in this campaign.
However,they face a Juventus side who have a truck load of experience at this level. Coach Massimiliano Allegri is a specialist in cup games having just lost 3 out of 19 domestic cup matches.
Considering how good Juventus have been defensively this season and how good they at seeing out games, one would be forgiven for reckoning that the 2-2 scoreline which saw them surrender a 2 goal lead in Turin was a flash in the pan performance. The men in black and white have not picked the ball out from their net in the league since December 30 (against Hellas Verona)
Spurs will be relying on Harry Kane who has recorded 31 goals in 34 games ( Premier League and Champions League) and also netted 21 goals in 23 home games this season. Pochettino’s men have had some what of a fairy tale run this season taking 4 points from Madrid and finishing top of their group. The North Londoners have the slight advantage as they have a 2 away goal advantage and therefore dont have to score.
Juventus on the hand are well equipped to come to Wembley and nick a 1-0 win as they have done so frequently this season. On 9 occasions their games have finished with a win by the 1-0 scoreline this season.
Dybala whom they sorely missed last time out is back and scored a 93rd minute winner at Lazio at the weekend. He will be expected to have a better game than he has had all season in this competition as he has yet to score a goal in 6 appearances.
At Tuesday’s press conference Allegri said: ‘These kinds of games are all about weathering storms at one end of the pitch and taking your chances at the other. In that sense, our match against Lazio was good practice.
Like he said Juventus will need to take their chances when they do come unlike they did in the first leg when they missed a penalty that would have probably killed the tie as they would have been 3-0 up.
If Spurs and Pochettino want to be established as proper European Club there is no better way to validate their status than becoming only the 2nd team to beat Juventus in the Knockout stage in 3 years in the most elite club competition in the world.