Mauricio Pochettino

Juventus & Tottenham spring CL lineup surprises

The starting XI’s of Juventus and Tottenham have been revealed ahead of their clash this evening, with surprise inclusions for both sides.

Matchup

The return of the Champions League this week and next will see some mouthwatering fixtures played out, with Juventus’ clash with English outfit Tottenham garnering plenty of attention around Europe.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs looked extremely impressive on their way to topping a group that featured both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund late last year, while Juventus, Champions League finalists in 2 of the last 3 seasons, finished runners-up to runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona in their own group.

Teams

The starting lineups of both sides were announced a short time ago, with reports in the Italian press earlier today having correctly predicted a change in formation for hosts Juventus.

The Bianconeri, who have enjoyed much of their recent success through the use of a 4-3-3 setup, have switched to a 4-2-3-1 for tonight, due to the absence of the injured Blaise Matuidi.

This means that the attacking quartet of Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain are all included from the start, in a bold move from Juve boss Max Allegri:

Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, has opted to leave out both Heung-min Son and Kieran Trippier, with Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier instead opted for from the off:

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