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Juventus send major warning to Tottenham ahead of CL clash

Italian champion Juventus this afternoon sent a warning message to Premier League outfit Tottenham, ahead of the Champions League double-header between the two sides over the coming weeks.

Matchup

The return of the Champions League in 9 days’ time will see some mouthwatering fixtures played out, with Juventus versus Tottenham towards the top of the list.

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.

Improving

While the Bianconeri often looked short of their best during the first-half of the campaign, the form of Max Allegri’s men has begun to pick up over recent weeks, with Juve having not lost a fixture since a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Sampdoria in the middle of November.

Making this run even more impressive is the fact that the Serie A champions have conceded just one goal over the course of their last 15 matches across all competitions (including games with Barcelona and Napoli).

Hammering

And if the recent defensive solidity of the Old Lady wasn’t already enough to worry Tottenham, then the sensational offensive showing of Juve this afternoon will no doubt have caught the attention of the North Londoners.

The Turin giants welcomed Sassuolo to the Juventus Stadium for a 2pm kick-off, with the hosts putting on an absolute show on their way to a crushing 7-0 win.

Alex Sandro put Juve ahead following a scrappy sequence in the away side’s box with just 9 minutes on the clock, before Sami Khedira got on the end of Sandro’s flick on to make it two 15 minutes later.

And Khedira was back at it again before long, putting the game firmly to bed after latching onto Miralem Pjanic’s through-ball.

Pjanic then got himself on the scoresheet before half-time, slamming home a brilliant strike from outside the Sassuolo box.

While the visitors no doubt hoped that Juve would show some mercy in the second-half, the Bianconeri were in no such mood, as Gonzalo Higuain went on to net a wonderful hat-trick between the 63rd and 83rd minutes.

Beware

As has since been pointed out by numerous viewers of this afternoon’s clash on Twitter, Tottenham should be extremely wary of the fact that their upcoming Champions league opponents appear to be hitting their full stride:

Worrying

However, in less positive news for Juventus, Andrea Barzagli was forced to pull out of the Bianconeri’s starting lineup ahead of kick-off this afternoon due to injury, while Blaise Matuidi also joined the likes of Paulo Dybala, Benedikt Howedes and Douglas Costa on the sidelines.

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