NEWS
Tuesday February 13 2018
Line-ups: Juventus v Tottenham

Juventus field an all-attack 4-2-3-1 formation against Harry Kane and Erik Lamela's Tottenham in the Champions League Round of 16.

The first leg kicks off in Turin at 19.45 GMT. Follow all the build up and action while giving your views on the LIVEBLOG.

The Bianconeri are seeking their third Final in four years, putting them among the continent’s powerhouses.

On the other hand, this young Spurs side is short on experience and brimming with enthusiasm.

Max Allegri must do without Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi, Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Benedikt Howedes.

Medhi Benatia therefore partners Giorgio Chiellini in central defence.

The Old Lady is yet to concede a single goal in 2018, keeping seven consecutive clean sheets, and let in only one – during a 3-1 victory over Hellas Verona on December 30 – since November 22, a run of 16 games.

With Matuidi out, Rodrigo Bentancur and Stefano Sturaro were midfield options, but Allegri has instead shelved the 4-3-3 in favour of an all-attack 4-2-3-1.

Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira man the midfield, supporting Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mario Mandzukic and centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain.

Tottenham have one name that stands out above all others and that is Harry Kane, probably the form striker in the world right now.

Aged only 24, he has already scored 100 Premier League goals, netted five in six Champions League games this season and has been strongly linked with a Real Madrid move.

Kane is supported by fellow England international Dele Alli, Dane Christian Eriksen and surprise pick Lamela, a former Roma player.

Toby Alderweireld is left at home in defence due to injury, but Mauricio Pochettino leaves Heung-Min Son on the bench.

It’s a curious decision, as Son has scored three Champions League goals this season.

Pochettino’s great-grandfather was from Turin and left Italy in 1867 for Argentina, so it’s a homecoming both for him and ex-Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, who isn't even on the bench.

This is the first ever competitive match between these two clubs, but Juve are unbeaten in 22 home Champions League fixtures, winning 14 of them.

The second leg is at Wembley Stadium on March 7.

Juventus: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic; Higuain

Juventus bench: Szczesny, Marchisio, Asamoah, Rugani, Sturaro, Bentancur, Muratore

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Eriksen, Dembele, Dier; Lamela, Kane, Alli 

Tottenham bench: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Rose, Son, Wanyama, Sissoko, Lucas

Ref: Brych (GER)

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