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Can Spurs bounce back?

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 11:30
Tottenham suffered Champions League heartbreak as they were knocked out by Juventus. Now the challenge is to ensure it does not affect their domestic form. Can they bounce back?

Premier League goals & reaction

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 10:32

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Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 10:32

Pochettino: I'm still a dreamer

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 10:20
Mauricio Pochettino says he is "still a dreamer" despite seeing his Tottenham side lose out to Juventus in the Champions League.

Poch: We were much better than Juve

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 08:10
Mauricio Pochettino said he was "proud" of Tottenham and felt they were "much better" than Juventus despite losing to the Serie A side in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus

Guardian - tor, 08/03/2018 - 01:14

• ‘It’s the history of Tottenham. In the end, they miss something’
• Mauricio Pochettino said his side dominated but made big mistakes

Giorgio Chiellini watched Juventus destroy Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League dream with a devastating one‑two punch and said the London club lacked the mental toughness to win matches at this most rarefied level. Spurs were 1-0 up at Wembley for a 3-2 aggregate lead in the last 16 – thanks to Son Heung-min’s 39th-minute goal. They were in control. But Juventus sparked shortly after the hour to floor them with Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala goals inside three minutes. Chiellini argued that Juventus’s triumph was built on their superior knowhow.

Related: Juventus’s Higuaín and Dybala send Tottenham spiralling out of Europe

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Magic and workrate of Dybala and Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs | Barney Ronay

Guardian - tor, 08/03/2018 - 00:41

Spurs looked like they would reach the last eight before the playmaker sprang to life and Chiellini defended for his life

For an hour at Wembley, with the quarter-finals of the Champions League beckoning and the scalp of Juventus already partially hacked from its canary‑yellow neck, Tottenham found themselves playing like a team in the process of becoming something else, of forgetting, just for an hour, to be Spurs.

It will be a crushing disappointment Mauricio Pochettino’s team failed to hold their momentum long enough to see out this tie. But it is also tribute to the pure footballing will of opponents who seemed at times on the verge of being outmuscled; to the transformative power of a match-changing foul on Dele Alli; and to the incisive brilliance of Paulo Dybala, who took his one chance to decide the tie.

Related: Juventus’s Higuaín and Dybala send Tottenham spiralling out of Europe

Related: Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus

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Allegri: Spurs made us suffer

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 00:30
Massimiliano Allegri admitted Juventus had to "suffer" to beat Tottenham and progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mason: Definite progress for Spurs

Sky Sports - tor, 08/03/2018 - 00:00
Ex-Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason says his former club have made real progress in Europe this season, despite their Champions League elimination by Juventus on Wednesday night.

Juventus’s Higuaín and Dybala send Tottenham spiralling out of Europe

Guardian - ons, 07/03/2018 - 23:00

For Spurs, it will be of little solace that these are the kind of nights – with the volume turned up, the drama near unremitting and knockout football at its most attractive – that can make the Champions League feel so special.

This could have been one of the great nights for this club and, very nearly, it was. Instead, it became a harrowing reminder they have much to learn at this level and, having thrown it away, they might just have to accept the allegations of naivety that come their way.

Related: Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus

Hugo Lloris Exposed on the Dybala goal but never looked like saving. Nothing he could do about Higuaín’s finish. 6

Related: Magic and workrate of Dybala and Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs | Barney Ronay

Gianluigi Buffon Got himself into a tangle on Son’s goal but otherwise resisted what was thrown at him. 6

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Juventus (agg 3-4): Champions League second leg – as it happened

Guardian - ons, 07/03/2018 - 22:43

Juve shocked Spurs with a stunning second-half comeback to reach the quarter-finals

12.54am GMT

Related: Giorgio Chiellini says Spurs lacked mental toughness to beat Juventus

12.53am GMT

Related: Magic and workrate of Dybala and Chiellini edge Juve past Spurs | Barney Ronay

10.55pm GMT

Related: Juventus’s Higuaín and Dybala send Tottenham spiralling out of Europe

9.38pm GMT

That’s it! Two goals in three second-half minutes have done for Spurs. The Italian champions are through to the quarter finals, while Spurs will have to concentrate on the FA Cup. Tottenham were magnificent in the first half, with Heung-Min Son particularly impressive. They looked in control until Massimiliano Allegri changed Juve’s shape midway through the second, and almost immediately the tie turned in the Old Lady’s favour. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala were the goalscoring heroes, but Giorgio Chiellini was surely the man of the match, a colossus at the back, thwarting all attempts by Spurs to force extra time. This will hurt Tottenham now, but Juve’s experience in this competition showed in the end ... and should Mauricio Pochettino’s men make the top four of the Premier League again, perhaps this experience will stand them in good stead next year.

9.37pm GMT

90 min +3: Dybala is fouled in the midfield, needlessly by Dembele, and that will probably be that.

9.36pm GMT

90 min +2: Sturaro has a dig. Nope. Spurs go up the other end. Trippier makes good down the right, but his cross is weak and straight at Buffon, who smothers.

9.35pm GMT

90 min +1: There will be three added minutes. Wembley is beyond anxious.

9.35pm GMT

90 min: Kane hists the post! Davies loops in from the left. Kane - who is offside, but the flag doesn’t go up, beats Chiellini in the air and heads down and to the left. The ball bounces up off the turf in slow motion, past the outstretched arm of Buffon. It hits the side of the post and bounces back across the line! Lamela can’t get there first to prod home. Instead, Barzagli hacks clear! So close to salvation!

9.33pm GMT

89 min: Lichtsteiner jogs down the right wing. He’s got no interest in doing anything other than running down time. Tick, tock.

9.32pm GMT

88 min: Eriksen and Llorente take desperate long-distance shots. Both are blocked. Dybala races off upfield, and is brought down by Dembele, who is booked.

9.31pm GMT

87 min: Llorente’s first significant contribution is a foul on Sturaro, one which takes the pressure off Juventus’s defence, and runs some more time off the clock.

9.30pm GMT

86 min: Alli is replaced by Llorente.

9.30pm GMT

85 min: Son keeps a Davies cross from the left alive down the right. That’s brilliant play, because that was surely going harmlessly out for a goal kick. He pulls it back for Eriksen, whose daisycutter flies wide left. Son has been superb tonight. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

9.28pm GMT

84 min: Higuain, whose goal turned this tie, is replaced by Sturaro. He takes an age to depart, in the professional manner. The crowd holler their critique of this cynical ploy.

9.27pm GMT

83 min: The corner is half cleared by Juve. Son is onto the ball in a flash, and sends a fine low shot inches wide of the bottom left. That wasn’t far away at all, and Buffon is livid with his defence. Son holds his face in his hands in disbelief. So close!

9.26pm GMT

82 min: Davies finds a little space down the left. He curls into the Juve box. Kane is hoping to get on the end of it, but Chiellini clears brilliantly again. Davies has another go from the left. Son chests down on the right. He can’t get a shot away, so lays off for Eriksen, who aims for the top left. The ball clips off Asamoah and out for a corner on the right. Buffon was rooted to the spot there; that ball could have gone anywhere.

9.24pm GMT

80 min: Juve hog the ball awhile. Spurs can’t get a sniff. The seconds whirl by.

9.22pm GMT

78 min: Much better from Spurs! Eriksen sends a ball to the left for Son, who fires it low into the centre. Kane is waiting to sidefoot home from six yards, but Chiellini slides in at the last moment to hack out for a corner. The set piece leads to nothing. What defending by Chiellini!

9.21pm GMT

77 min: Lamela dances his way out of a tight spot near the right-hand corner flag, and whips into the centre. But Chiellini stoops to head powerfully clear. Then there’s a suggestion that Costa handles on the edge of the box while chesting down to control. The referee isn’t interested. Finally Son dribbles purposefully down the left, but his cross doesn’t find a white shirt. Better from Spurs.

9.19pm GMT

76 min: Spurs begin to edge their way into Juve territory, with the visitors happy to sit back and soak things up. Nothing doing right now. This is what Italian sides have excelled at for decades; this is a real test for Tottenham. Wembley is beginning to rediscover its collective voice, urging the home heroes to push on.

9.17pm GMT

74 min: Lamela comes on for Dier.

9.16pm GMT

73 min: One goal for Spurs, of course, will take this tie into extra time. It’s been to and fro pretty much from the first-leg get-go ... so is there another twist?

9.14pm GMT

71 min: All of a sudden it’s Spurs who look ragged. They can’t string two passes together at the moment. Not in the Juve half anyway. They need to clear their heads and quick. Juve have shown them it can be done.

9.13pm GMT

70 min: Higuain should send Costa scooting free into the Spurs box down the inside right, but can’t quite find the pass. Spurs can’t afford to concede again.

9.12pm GMT

69 min: That quick-fire turnaround has sent Wembley into shock. The place was bouncing four minutes ago; now only the Italian fans are making serious noise. On the touchline, Mauricio Pochettino blows his cheeks out. That double whammy has hit him hard. Can his side respond?

9.11pm GMT

Wembley is on edge all right. This is so simple. Higuain takes up possession with his back to goal, 40 yards out. He draws three white shirts, spins, and plays a cute reverse pass down the middle to release Dybala! Dybala has an age to think about it, but races to the area and lashes past Lloris and into the top right! Now it’s Spurs who need to respond, or they’re heading out of the Champions League!

9.09pm GMT

66 min: Spurs are still going through on away goals. But Juve’s change of formation has bolstered their midfield, and there’s been an instant dividend. Wembley is suddenly on edge.

9.08pm GMT

The mood changes instantly! Lichtsteiner races down the right. He crosses. Khedira, on the penalty spot, heads goalwards. The ball sails a little to the left, but Higuain nips in front of Lloris, sticks out a leg, and guides it back into the right-hand portion of the net. Game on!

9.07pm GMT

62 min: Lichtsteiner comes on for Benatia. Juve revert to their back four. Then the first sign of panic all evening by Spurs. Asamoah crosses from the left. Sanchez heads weakly upfield, when Lloris was well placed to deal with the situation. The ball drops to Dybala on the right-hand corner of the box. Dybala goes for the first-time spectacular shot, but gets it all wrong.

9.05pm GMT

61 min: Asamoah immediately injects some pace down the left. He slips the ball to Sandro, who curls into the Spurs box for Higuain. The striker contorts his body in mid-air, kung-fu style, but can only send the ball sailing miles over the bar.

9.03pm GMT

60 min: The champions of Italy make their first change. Matuidi is replaced by Asamoah.

9.03pm GMT

59 min: Pjanic is really pushing his luck. He slides in on Eriksen, late. A free kick, nothing more. The crowd are desperate for a second yellow to be flashed. Spurs get on with it instead, winning a quick corner down the left. The set piece is hit long. Kane tries to meet it at the far post with a telescopic leg, but can’t get any meaningful contact on the ball.

9.01pm GMT

58 min: Eriksen spreads a lovely ball wide left for Son, who cuts inside and looks to caress a curler into the top right. Son gets too much on it; it’s high and wide.

9.01pm GMT

57 min: Barzagli clips the back of Son’s leg. There’s no real need for it. He’s the only Juve defender still to be booked, and that’s still the case. The ref slightly lenient there.

8.59pm GMT

56 min: See also: Alli. He’s booked for a high-studs prod on Khedira. A fair chance this won’t end with 22 men on the field.

8.59pm GMT

55 min: The official attendance is 84,010. Most of them give Pjanic the bird as he gets involved in a silly tussle with Alli in no man’s land. Juve are in danger of losing their heads here.

8.57pm GMT

53 min: Now there are pantomime boos as Chiellini cynically barges into Alli as the Spurs man looks to make off down the left. That was as cynical as they come, because Juve were light at the back and Eriksen was up with Alli, hoping to cause all sorts of trouble. Taking one for the team, in the old-fashioned Italian style.

8.56pm GMT

52 min: Finally they flow forward, and Costa earns a corner down the left. But Pjanic’s dead-ball delivery is risible, hoicked over the box and out of play on the other side. Wembley gives a hearty ironic cheer.

8.55pm GMT

51 min: Higuain faffs around in midfield and has the ball stolen off his toe by Vertonghen. Alli is sent scampering towards the Juve box. He shoots low, hard and wide left. Juve haven’t got going in this second half yet. They can’t afford much more of this.

8.53pm GMT

49 min: Matuidi comes in late on Davies, as the Spurs man looks to launch one long down the left. There’s not much contact, so he escapes a booking, though that was fairly full on. Benatia goes in the book, though, for scraping his studs on Alli’s arse. That’s a poor challenge and - like Pjanic before him - he’ll miss Juve’s next match in Europe, whenever that is.

8.51pm GMT

48 min: Incidentally, this is the first time Juve have trailed in a match since November. November!

8.50pm GMT

47 min: Spurs load the box. Eriksen pulls it back, though, for Vertonghen who loops into the mixer from a different angle. He’d have probably been better shooting.

8.50pm GMT

The teams are back out, and we’re off again! Juve get the ball rolling for the second period, having once again given the ref what for regarding the penalty that never was. Spurs are quickly on the attack, though, Alli brought down to the left of the box by Costa. A free kick in a very dangerous position.

8.40pm GMT

Half-time letter. “When I don’t have a dog in the race, as it were, I tend to side with the team whose strip I like best, from a historical perspective,” writes Simon McMahon. “The Juve kit as worn by Míchel Platini takes some beating ...

8.35pm GMT

And that’s the end of a first half that’s flown by. Spurs have been the better team; the goalscorer Son has been magnificent. The visitors should have had a penalty kick, mind. Anyway, here we are, and unless Juve score at least two goals in the second half, Spurs will be in the quarter finals of the European Cup / Champions League for only the third time in their history!

8.31pm GMT

45 min: A bit of space for Matuidi down the left. He crosses deep for Higuain but the impressive Sanchez is in the way, and in any case the flag goes up for offside.

8.31pm GMT

44 min: Pjanic picks up a yellow card for a noggin-gone wild lash in the direction of Alli. Not sure there was much contact, but that’s not really the point. Juve look rattled, and need to hear the half-time whistle to regroup.

8.30pm GMT

43 min: A free kick for Juve in the Spurs half. Pjanic hooks it into the Spurs box and towards the left-hand post. Sandro meets it with his head, at close range, but it’s wild and high.

8.28pm GMT

41 min: Juventus now have to score twice if they’re to stay in this year’s Champions League! Pjanic tries to pull one of the goals back immediately, with a shot from the edge of the area that sails just wide left.

8.27pm GMT

And now Son gets the luck he deserves! Eriksen plays Alli into the area down the inside-right channel. Alli’s shot is blocked. The ball breaks to Trippier on the right. Trippier hits low into the centre. The ball evades Eriksen, who has kept running, but Son meets it on the left. Son miskicks, but the bobble confuses Buffon and Chiellini and bounces almost apologetically into the net! Son cares not a jot and wheels off with a broad smile!

8.25pm GMT

38 min: Dembele spins out of a tight spot in the centre. He’d get away, too, but Khedira has a handful of his shirt. That should be a booking, but the ref thinks a wag of the finger is enough. Spurs then launch an attack, and the irrepressible Son romps into the box down the left. He lashes a low shot across Buffon and inches wide of the right-hand post. So close!

8.23pm GMT

37 min: Dembele concedes a free kick out on the left for a cheeky handball. A chance for Juve to load the box. The ball’s pumped into the Spurs area, but Sanchez rises highest to clear.

8.22pm GMT

35 min: Sandro is booked for a blatant shove in the back of Trippier. This is heating up nicely in the old-fashioned style.

8.21pm GMT

34 min: Kane tries to flash a spectacular shot into the top right from the left-hand corner of the Juve box. Ambitious, even for him.

8.20pm GMT

33 min: Barzagli and Son tangle in the midfield. Barzagli manages to tread on Son twice, and throw in a cheeky backheel that doesn’t quite connect with his opponent, all the while acting like he’s trying to disengage. The referee didn’t see it, but Son certainly felt it. Ooyah. Now it’s Juve’s turn to get away with one.

8.19pm GMT

32 min: Pjanic launches one long in the hope of releasing Higuain on goal. Sanchez steps up and plays the offside trap perfectly. Spurs go up the other end. Benatia heads clear. Alli meets the dropping ball and fires low from 20 yards. Buffon smothers.

8.17pm GMT

30 min: The first slight lull of the evening. It’s been glorious entertainment so far, the Champions League at its best.

8.16pm GMT

28 min: Dybala turns sharply out on the right wing and makes for the final third. Vertonghen sticks a leg across him and hacks him down. A booking. The Spurs defender looks out of sorts. That lunge on Costa, for the penalty that wasn’t given, was as clear as it gets. They’ve just shown a replay of it, and he had the chutzpah to throw a few you-went-down-easily shapes at Costa after the incident. You’ve got to brazen it out, haven’t you.

8.13pm GMT

26 min: Dier is receiving some treatment after a common-or-garden clatter in the midfield. He looks pained, having fallen awkwardly. He’s up and about again after a while.

8.11pm GMT

24 min: Vertonghen meets the corner with a weak header that sails harmlessly wide right. Benatia had a fistful of his shirt then! On another day, with another referee, etc. This is marvellously eventful and wildly entertaining.

8.09pm GMT

23 min: Dybala has a dig from distance but Sanchez gets in the way. Spurs go up the other end, the super-dangerous Son breezing down the left yet again and shooting the minute he enters the area. The ball’s blocked out for a corner.

8.08pm GMT

21 min: Dier has a whack from 25 yards. His effort dribbles towards the bottom right. Buffon falls on it like a wet blanket. The Juve keeper has been super busy.

8.07pm GMT

20 min: Spurs come at Juve in the wild style. Son very nearly breaks clear into the box down the left. He can’t get a shot away so pulls back for Eriksen, whose shot is blocked. The ball’s worked out right and swung back in. Son meets the cross with a towering header, sending the ball whistling towards the top left. Buffon punches it clear.

8.04pm GMT

17 min: Douglas Costa turns on the jets and burns Vertonghen down the right, and into the area. Vertonghen slides in and takes his man out. It’s a clear penalty, but neither referee nor linesman give it. Juve are beyond livid, and surround the ref, but he’s not for turning. Spurs have dodged a bullet there!

8.02pm GMT

15 min: Spurs are well on top here. Dembele very nearly releases Son down the left with a deft flick, but the ball’s run out for a goal kick. Then Alli slips a pass down the right for Kane, who rounds a rash Buffon on the outside! He’s got a small gap to find the unguarded goal, but the angle’s tight and he finds the side netting. That’s a great chance for a striker of Kane’s quality, though, and so has to go down as a miss.

8.01pm GMT

13 min: Kane has the ball at his feet, just inside the Juve area on the right. Chiellini slides in to block the shot that’s coming. Kane tries to shift the ball and it hits the defender’s hand. There’s a claim for a penalty, but not at great volume. The right decision, as it looked totally accidental, the whole thing happening in a tight space.

7.59pm GMT

12 min: Juve knock it around the back in the old-school Italian style. But Spurs buzz and press, forcing a couple of small mistakes. Nothing comes of them, it’s all a bit scrappy, but that’s some good work by Alli and Eriksen, and it augurs well.

7.56pm GMT

10 min: Son earns the first corner of the evening with a determined bustle down the left. Davies takes. The ball nearly drops to Vertonghen, then Kane, but Chiellini clears. This is fast-paced, open and fun.

7.55pm GMT

9 min: Now Spurs do some final-third probing. Eriksen glides in from the right and loops a pass towards Son, just inside the Juve box on the left. The ball drops, begging to be volleyed goalwards. Son can’t time his whack.

7.54pm GMT

7 min: Spurs betray their nerves for the first time tonight, Lloris putting a simple pass to Son out of play on the left. That allows Juve to probe a little in the Spurs final third. Costa sashays infield from the right and swings a fierce cross towards Higuain at the far post. Too high and too fast, the striker never had a chance. A pinpoint cross would have had Spurs in trouble, though, because Higuain had a little space to work in there.

7.51pm GMT

5 min: Alex Sandro hoicks a long pass down the left with a view to releasing Matuidi into acres of space. Spurs are a bit stretched at the back, but the pass is way too heavy and Matuidi doesn’t have a hope of latching onto it.

7.50pm GMT

3 min: It’s a fast start by Spurs all right. Son makes good down the left but can’t find Kane in the middle. No matter, he’s soon coming at Juve again down the same flank. This time he enters the area and from a tight angle lashes a shot towards the bottom left. Buffon parries with a strong arm, and the ball flies out to the other flank. The danger is over, but Juve are on the back foot here.

7.48pm GMT

And we’re off! Spurs kick off, and try to repeat the grift they pulled on Manchester United. Alli is into the Juve box in short order, but Benatia is wise to it and wins a clearing header. The header clanks off the defender’s arm, and there’s a half-hearted penalty shout. But the referee rightly waves play on. “So should I guarantee a Kane hat trick by calling him a donkey before the match starts?” wonders Gareth Beale, who had a rush of blood during half time of the recent Rochdale MBM. “It worked for Llorente, but then Harry doesn’t need my help - COYS!”

7.46pm GMT

Before we start, a perfectly observed minute’s silence for Davide Astori of Fiorentina, who tragically passed away last weekend. It melts into warm applause. RIP Davide.

7.43pm GMT

The teams are out! A wonderful atmosphere greets the players at Wembley. It’s a big game, with a noise to match. Spurs are in their famous lilywhite shirts, which means the champions of Italy are forced out of their storied zebra stripes and into second-choice yellow. We’ll be off in a minute, once pennants have been swapped, hands shaken, and the memory of poor old Zadok the Priest treated with terrible disrespect. Whispers suggest Juve are going to give their usual 4-3-3 system a good old shoogle. They’ll be playing three at the back: Chiellini, Benatia and Barzagli, with Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro working hard out on the wings. We’ll see soon enough.

7.33pm GMT

Pre-match words from Mauricio Pochettino! “We are in a very good moment, with good momentum and very good form. But the reality today is completely a different game. We need to show our quality. It was important to get the 2-2 result, it was fantastic. But at this level, against Juventus, you cannot start a game like we started that game in Turin. I hope we start strong, of course, trying to go forward and trying to win the game. Son has showed good quality and the capacity to score goals in the last games. Lamela is also fantastic, it is a very good problem for a manager to have.”

7.20pm GMT

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7.15pm GMT

Pre-match listening: While we’re killing time before kick off, we could listen to the pundits on the television yammer on about this match, filling time, always filling time. Or we could cock an ear in the direction of Rob Smyth, Lee Calvert and a host of other experts reminiscing about their (and your) salad days. It’s a no-brainer!

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6.55pm GMT

Spurs make two changes to the team they sent out in Turin three weeks ago. Kieran Trippier replaces the suspended Serge Aurier, while Heung-Min Son relegates Erik Lamela to the bench.

Juve make three changes from their first-leg starting XI. Mattia De Sciglio, Mario Mandzukic and Federico Bernardeschi are unavailable; in come Andrea Barzagli, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala.

6.50pm GMT

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
Subs: Vorm, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Lamela, Moura, Llorente.

Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Dybala, Higuain, Costa.
Subs: Szczesny, Marchisio, Asamoah, Rugani, Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Bentancur.

11.25am GMT

Tottenham Hotspur are a huge club. A famous club. One of England’s grandest institutions. They’ve got a European pedigree to match, having been the first British club to land a trophy on the continent – the 1963 Cup Winners Cup – and the winners of two Uefa Cups since. But their record in the big one constitutes a gap on the honours board: a narrow semi-final defeat to Benfica in 1962 and a quarter-final thumping by Real Madrid in 2011 is all they’ve got to show in the European Cup. So getting through to the quarters this year would be a feat not to be sniffed at. Mauricio Pochettino’s side may be one of the best teams in Europe right now ... but history can be a burden, so one step at a time.

The quarters are tantalisingly close, though. Spurs may have already beaten reigning champions Real Madrid and done for much-fancied Borussia Dortmund this season, but Juventus still looked quite the hurdle when these clubs were paired in the Round of 16. The Old Lady has made two of the last three finals, after all. And when Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first nine minutes of the first leg ... well. But look at how Spurs fought back through Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen! A draw, two away goals, advantage Tottenham. If Europe didn’t know it before, they certainly know now: Spurs are the real deal.

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Spurs stunned by Juventus

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 22:40
Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League after Juventus scored twice in three minutes to win the second leg of their last-16 clash 2-1 at Wembley and secure a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Would Meyer thrive in PL?

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 17:00
Max Meyer has rejected a new contract at Schalke and will be a free agent in the summer. The midfielder, impressing in a new role, has been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool but would he thrive in the Premier League? WhoScored take a closer look.

Tottenham v Juventus preview

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 17:00
Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to show a positive mentality when they face Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Wembley on Wednesday.

Charlie's European predictions

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 11:00
Charlie Nicholas provides us with his European predictions as Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are in action.

Lloris: Juve will be a big battle

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 07:00
Hugo Lloris is expecting a "big battle" when Tottenham host Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday.

Pundits' PFA Player of the Year picks

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 07:00
The Soccer Saturday panel discuss the contenders to be named PFA Player of the Year, with their votes split between Kevin De Buyne and Mohamed Salah.

Five emerging U23 stars

Sky Sports - ons, 07/03/2018 - 07:00
In an era of continent-wide transfer market inflation, a race has begun among clubs as they seek to identify and sign 'the next big thing' before their rivals.

'Juve face uphill battle against Spurs'

Sky Sports - tir, 06/03/2018 - 22:00
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says his side face an "uphill battle" to progress in the Champions League when they face Tottenham on Wednesday.

‘Wounded’ Juventus will be spurred on against Tottenham, says Gianluigi Buffon

Guardian - tir, 06/03/2018 - 21:41

• ‘Spurs like to attack but sometimes allow the opposition chances’
• Paulo Dybala fit for Champions League last‑16 second leg

Gianluigi Buffon likened Juventus to a wounded animal ahead of the Champions League last‑16 second leg against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley but he insisted they always raised their game when the odds were against them.

Buffon said the outbreak of pessimism in Turin after the 2-2 first-leg draw was entirely normal; any blip Juventus suffer is invariably magnified. But as the manager, Massimiliano Allegri, suggested he was ready to start with Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala and Douglas Costa up front, Buffon sounded a note of optimism.

Related: I am a dreamer, says Pochettino as Tottenham prepare for Juventus test | David Hytner

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