An already exciting Champions League campaign looks to get even more thrilling as Tottenham get set to face Italian giants Juventus in the round of 16.
Although a much harder draw than many fans would have hoped for, the Champions League is all about beating the best, and Spurs will have a great chance to challenge for European supremacy if they can get by last season’s finalists.
Having already finished first in this year’s “Group of Death”, Tottenham will be looking to continue that fantastic European form into the next round.
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Juventus placed second in their group, in front of Sporting Club and Olympiacos, but were humbled by group winners Barcelona.
The Serie A side should still be in the back of Tottenham’s mind, having played them at Wembley over the summer in a 2-0 win for the Premier League Club. Goals in that game came from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. But that was a meaningless summer affair, the polar opposite of this round of 16 Champions League tie.
The first leg is set to take place on February 13th in Italy, while the return leg will be played at Wembley on March 7th.
With Harry Kane in the most prolific scoring form of his career, along with Son Heung-Min hitting form at an opportune time, the Tottenham attack should be able to go toe to toe with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Juventus’ main danger man. Juventus’ other star, Paulo Dyabla, will hopefully miss the first leg with a lingering thigh strain.
Tottenham should be bolstered by the return of Toby Alderweireld, while Victor Wanyama’s presence is almost guaranteed. Erik Lamela, after Spurs sent Georges-Kevin Nkoudo to Burnley on loan, is also available.
Spurs’ best Champions League run included a trip to the quarterfinals in 2010-2011, a feat many expect to at least be replicated. Most Spurs supporters, however, believe greater things are in store for this side, with Tottenham’s counter-attacking style conducive to Champions League success.
With how scintillating Tottenham have been in the competition so far, the thought of European glory, whether you like to admit it or not, is on the mind of every Spurs supporters worldwide.