UEFA Champions League – Juventus-Tottenham – Juventus v Tottenham: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide
Reporter’s view: After leaking too many goals – at least by their own lofty standards – earlier in the season, Juve have rediscovered their defensive solidity and conceded only once in their last 16 games in all competitions. Keeping a clean sheet here could be crucial, but it will not be easy to keep Harry Kane and Tottenham at bay, especially without Blaise Matuidi’s energy and pressing in midfield.
Juventus: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanić, Sturaro; Douglas Costa, Higuaín, Mandžukić
Out: Cuadrado (groin), Matuidi (thigh), Höwedes (thigh), Dybala (thigh), Barzagli (calf), Lichtsteiner (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Pjanić
- Added to squad since group stage: Lichtsteiner
Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Sánchez, Vertonghen; Son, Dembélé, Dier, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane
Out: Alderweireld (fitness)
Misses next match if booked: Aurier
- Added to squad since group stage: Lamela, Lucas Moura
Fantasy Football top point scorers
Juventus: Alex Sandro, defender (23 points, €6m)
Tottenham: Harry Kane, forward (37 points, €10.2m)
Where to watch
Fiorentina 0-2 Juventus
Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal
*All competitions, most recent first
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach
We have to play with intelligence and technique and try not to concede, though I would not settle for a 0-0. We know their strengths and we know we will have to suffer at times because Tottenham have four players with great quality in attack. We will have to play very well technically because they would beat us in a physical battle. We need to pay great attention because it’s unlikely one team dominates this kind of tie.
Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham manager
It’s impossible to compare our history with Juventus’s – they have reached the final twice in the last three years. But we have a good plan and we want to reach their level. Tomorrow we will see if we can compete. We will have to play with motivation, energy and desire. We cannot change our principles. We will have to be aggressive, brave, and to respect our opponents. When I started playing I dreamt of being involved in games like this.