Juventus manager Max Allegri last night seemed to suggest that his side will aim to exploit Tottenham’s back 4 when the two sides face off for the second-time on Wednesday night.
The return of the Champions League a fortnight ago saw the Serie A champions welcome Spurs to the Allianz Stadium for a much-anticipated last-16 clash.
And the hype ahead of kick-off proved to be wholly warranted following the full-time whistle, with the two sides having played out an absolutely thrilling affair in Turin.
A brace from Gonzalo Higuain within the first 10 minutes of the matchup saw Tottenham shell-shocked, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who showcased their ability to perform on the grand stage during the competition’s group stage versus both Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, proved once again that they belong with the elite of European football en route to a 2-goal comeback.
On a knife-edge
The second-leg between the sides is set to be played out at Wembley on Wednesday night, with Juve sweating over the fitness of the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia De Sciglio.
The Bianconeri warmed up for the clash with an incredible last-gasp win away to Lazio last night, courtesy of a moment of magic from Paulo Dybala.
And, speaking in an interview with Mediaset Premium following the full-time whistle, Juventus boss Max Allegri was keen to heap praise on Simone Inzaghi’s men for their stout showing:
‘It wasn’t an easy game for us.’
‘They are very strong physically, so it certainly wasn’t going to be easy to play at the Olimpico. We had some injuries up front but the players did well.’
‘We wanted to come away from Rome with a positive result and that’s what we got. They defended themselves very well and we knew that it was going to take something special to beat them.’
However, Allegri also used his post-match interviews last night as a chance to engage in some subtle mind-games with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, in suggesting that the North Londoners are not particularly strong defensively when compared to Lazio (who are not known for their defensive abilities):
‘Tottenham are different compared to Lazio, they don’t defend as well. This win certainly helps our confidence as we will have to be good and lucky on Wednesday.’