Juventus vs Tottenham
On Tuesday night in Turin, the Champions League roars back into life.
Tottenham, who topped their group ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, have been draw against Juventus in the last-16.
Both Juventus and Tottenham warmed up for the match with wins over the weekend.
Juve were in action on Friday night, as they beat Fiorentina 2-0 away from home.
In an impressive result from the Bianconeri, goals from Federico Bernardeschi and Gonzalo Higuain sealed the win.
As for Tottenham, they beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in the north London derby.
Harry Kane was again the Spurs hero as the striker leapt like a salmon to head home his 23rd Premier League goal of the season.
Fernando Llorente: ‘I wish I could return to Juventus’
Ahead of this week’s match, Spurs striker Fernando Llorente has given an in-depth interview with Tuttosport.
Llorente has struggled to impress at Tottenham. Reduced to be a regular sub unable to dislodge Harry Kane, Llorente has no Premier League and just one assist this season.
During his interview, Llorente has been open about his love for Juve:
Juventus is hard to leave. I came out of Vinovo crying, with tears.
I miss it so much, I would always want to return there. It’s special because, despite being a huge club, inside it’s a family.
I bought my son a Tottenham shirt with Llorente on the back and on Tuesday, when I’m in Turin for the Champions League, I’ll take advantage of the situation to get him a Juventus one too. Perhaps a Dybala jersey.
Harry Kane vs Gonzalo Higuian
Llorente also wondered if Harry Kane is better than Gonzalo Higuian:
Harry Kane? It’s difficult because he is one of the best in the world. He scored 56 goals in a calendar year, more than Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. That says it all, right?
Having said that, Gonzalo Higuain is on fire and rediscovered his confidence after a complicated start. It’d be better if he waited a little longer before finding form…
On Chiellini & Pochettino
Spanish striker Llorente also waxed lyrical about Juve centre-half Giorgio Chiellini:
I’d love to have 11 Chiellinis in my team. The Juventus defence is fantastic, so for a striker to score against them always feels like a huge achievement.
Finally, Llorente also praises Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino:
Tottenham is Pochettino. Kane is phenomenal, but he needs his teammates. Our Coach, however, had a decisive role for the growth of the club.
Now we are among the big sides and there is a harmonious atmosphere, it feels like a family.