Preview - Juventus vs. Tottenham Feb 14 2018

Started by MutembeiTS, Feb 13, 2018, 01:49 AM

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MutembeiTS

Feb 13, 2018, 01:49 AM Last Edit: Jun 16, 2018, 05:42 PM by MutembeiTS
Match Day 7
Juventus vs. Tottenham
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Allianz Stadium

Juventus:
Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.5
Average goals against per match: 0.6
Top Scorer: Gonzalo HiguaĆ­n (2)

Tottenham:
Last five matches form: D W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.9
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Harry Kane (6)

This may not be as exciting as Real Madrid vs. PSG but Juventus vs. Tottenham is certainly one of the most intriguing ties in this year's Champions League Round of 16. Juventus are in red-hot form having won 14 of their last 15 games in all competitions. They are solid in defense, all guns blazing in attack, and can test any team in Europe at the moment.

Tottenham, on their part, come nowhere near such an impressive record but are one of the dark horses in this year's competition. Mauricio Pochettino's charges have been disappointing at times but the Argentine's big-game management has never come into question. Just ask Manchester United and Arsenal, both of whom have been outclassed by Tottenham at Wembley this year. Ask also holders Real Madrid, who suffered a shock 3-1 defeat earlier at the same venue.

Of the two teams, nonetheless, Juventus are the ones who can claim to be more mature contenders for the prestigious continental crown. The Old Lady, of course, were surprise participants in last year's final in Cardiff where they fell 4-1 to Real Madrid. Years and years of domestic dominance are yet to bear fruit in Europe but this could just be their year.

Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham

MutembeiTS

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Feb 14, 2018, 06:55 AM Last Edit: Jun 16, 2018, 05:20 PM by MutembeiTS
Half time: 2 -1
Full time: 2 -2
Shots: 9 - 12
Shots on target: 3 - 7
Corner Kicks:  5 - 5
Possession: 33% - 67%

A game just as intriguing and unpredictable as predicted. Juventus were the quickest out of the blocks, finding the net inside the first two minutes. Gonzalo Higuain, aka 'El Pipita', applied a really quality finish to Miralem Pjanic's chipped free-kick, leaving Hugo LLoris with no chance.

Tottenham were again made to pay for their sluggish start just seven minutes later. Davies clumsily bundled Bernardeschi over in the Spurs box, leaving the referee with an easy decision to make. 'El Pipita' stepped up and put another one past Lloris with power though the keeper had guessed the right way.

That shot the EPL side with the jolt they needed, and they went on to mount a comeback that will last long in the memory of Spurs fans. Several promising attempts were thwarted by Buffon before Dele Alli put Harry Kane through to expertly round the experienced Juve keeper.

The game's turning point came right before half time when, following Serge Aurier's rash challenge on Douglas Costa, 'El Pipita' hit the bar from the resultant penalty. The Argentine missed the chance to register a glorious Champions League hat-trick, and was made to rue that when Spurs got their equalizer in the second half.

Christian Eriksen's clever, low free-kick fooled everybody including Buffon, allowing the visitors to take a crucial away goals advantage to what should be another thrilling encounter at Wembley in March.

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