It’s time. Tottenham Hotspur are in Italy to take on Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League knock-out series. Tottenham are flying high after a big North London Derby win over Arsenal. Juventus, meanwhile, are undefeated in their last 16 matches, and have given up only one goal during that span. However, they are the walking wounded, with Paulo Dybala, Blaise Maituidi, Benedikt Howedes, and Andrea Barzagli all set to miss the match with injury.
Juventus XI: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic; Higuain— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 13, 2018
Subs: Szczesny, Rugani, Asamoah, Marchisio, Bentancur, Sturaro, Muratore#TOGETHER #JuveTOT #UCL
Match Date, Time and Location
Tuesday, February 13, 2:45 p.m. (USA), 7:45 pm (UK)
Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy
Match official: Felix Brych (GER)
United Kingdom: BT Sport 2
USA: Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes+ (Spanish)
Canada: TSN5, TSN4, RDS
Australia: beIN Sports 1
Other countries can find their match listings at livesoccertv.com
Glory, glory nights.
In some ways, this is the kind of match we’ve been waiting for. It’s another chance for upstart Tottenham to make a statement in Europe against one of Europe’s blue-blood teams. Juventus is a very good squad, even banged up as they are, but so is Tottenham. As good as Juventus’ defense has been (they’ve only given up one goal in their last sixteen matches), Tottenham have offensive firepower, an unbeaten streak of their own, and a penchant for knocking off European heavyweights in this competition. Just ask Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Even so, this is not a gimme match. Juventus are exceptional at the Allianz Stadium this season. While a win would be ideal, leaving Italy with a draw and an away goal or two would be perfectly acceptable as they return for the second leg at Wembley Stadium in March.
I remember the first time Spurs played in the Champions League and how excited I was to see them under the lights at the San Siro. This is no different. It’s another chance to show that Tottenham belong with the elites of Europe, and that they’re not just ready to gate-crash the party: they’re here to stay.
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