Lloris: Juve will give Spurs a big test

Mar 23, 2018
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Tottenham’s Champions League dream was ended by a second-half sucker-punch from Italian champions Juventus.

3 – Tottenham are one of three teams still unbeaten in this season’s Champions League, alongside Barcelona and Liverpool.

“They respect the philosophy we build and the football we play”, he continued.

For the home fans, a nervous game awaits. Pjanic will be key for Juventus with his ability to carve out chances from the midfield while Khedira and Matuidi will be tasked with protecting the back four.

“I made quite a few mistakes that day and you can only learn”.

Domestically both teams have played well overall.

See how to watch Wednesday’s game below. Juventus have won their last 10 Serie A games on the trot, conceding just once during the process.

Tottenham Hotspur now turns their attention back to the Premier League, facing AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, March 11 (4pm). Their last loss dates back to 16.12.2017, when they lost on the road to league leading Manchester City. The England global started the turnaround in the first leg scoring the first goal for Spurs and will be hoping to make a telling impact at Wembley to see his side through to the next round.

“I do expect Spurs to finish the job after being so impressive in Turin but I do expect there to be that edge to the tie where they have to come through another testing spell, but Harry Kane has proven he can step up in the big occasions”. Juventus needs to either win the game or match at least those two away goals in a draw. But if you look at these teams financially, they are more or less the same – Juventus are tenth in the Deloitte rich league, Spurs are eleventh. Now Juventus needs to attack and Spurs need to defend. After all, they were the past year finalists and will be looking forward to using this to their advantage. The game end in a draw with 26.4% likelihood.

Spurs, who are effectively out of the Premiership title race, are desperate to win any sort of silverware, and what better place to make their mark than Europe’s premier club competition. We have arrived at the most important part of the season and where we can win or lose everything. Juventus will definitely need at least one and if the hosts score as well, they’d need two or more.

Dembele appeared to be limping after being substituted in their 2-0 league victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday but said he was fine.

With the two teams tied on aggregate, Tottenham hold an advantage going into the second leg with two away goals.

“But that being said, we have some games coming up now and we have to pick up the points we need”.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Mousa Dembele, Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen and Tottenham

 

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