With another three points in the bag after a thorough dismantling of Huddersfield at the weekend, all eyes now turn to the Champions League. Tottenham Hotspur take a 2-2 draw and two away goals into their return fixture against Juventus at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.
The perception on Spurs against the two-time European runners up has shifted from plucky underdogs to outright favorites. Spurs’ Harry Kane says that being favorites over Juventus is new to this team, and a situation that they’re going to have to adjust to.
“We were not the favourites before, but now people are looking at us after that performance at Juventus and saying we should go through. We have got to cope with that and see how we come through it. Of course there will be added pressure and maybe more nerves, but that is why we play football.
”They are still one of the best teams in Europe. They have been in this situation before and they have got very experienced players. We are not getting carried away.
”We know we played well there, and on another day we could have won. But they will feel they could play better as well.”
Tottenham’s only significant injury is Toby Alderweireld, who is still nursing an injured hamstring. Juventus, meanwhile, are likely to have striker Paulo Dybala and midfielder Blaise Matuidi avaiable for selection, both of whom missed the first leg in Turin.
Spurs already know Juventus have offensive weapons — Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in against Tottenham in Turin — and the addition of Dybala and a midfield enforcer in Matuidi could make for a different Juventus attack than what they saw in Italy. Kane, however, doesn’t seem fazed, knowing that Juventus needs a win or a high scoring draw to advance. Spurs won’t be changing their game plan.
“We’ll approach it the same as every game: press high, quick football, try and attack, try and score. We know they need to score but we cannot go into the game with any negative thoughts. We have got to try and win the game.
”The way the manager sets us up in every game we are always on the front foot, always pressing, always playing attacking football. I know that is what he will say on Wednesday.
”That is the way we play. If it gets to 80 minutes and it is still 0-0, we might have a different approach -- but from the start we will press high and try and create as many chances as possible.
”It is going to be a full house and the atmosphere is amazing once we get going. Hopefully the fans can cheer us on and make it difficult for them.”
The Champions League match takes place Wednesday afternoon at 7:45 GMT, 2:45 p.m. ET.