Juventus vs Tottenham
Can Spurs knock Juventus out of this season’s Champions League?
Tottenham have saved some of their best performances of the season for the UCL. They’ve already beaten Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the competition, so why not Juventus next.
Juventus, however, are peaking at the perfect time of the season.
While they are second in Serie A, a point behind Napoli, Max Allegri’s side are on fire. In perhaps the most wild stat, the Bianconeri have only conceded one goal in their last 16 games.
At the other end, Gonzalo Higuain has scored five times in three games.
So how will Mauricio Pochettino set up his team to combat the Italian Old Lady?
Spurs to field a 3-5-2 formation?
According to the predicted Tottenham XI in the Times on Tuesday morning, Pochettino may alter Spurs’ shape in Turin.
In recent weeks, for example against Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United, Tottenham have been playing with a flat back four.
Jan Vertonghen has been partnered by Davinson Sanchez at the heart of the backline.
Yet, the Times believe Eric Dier will be deployed alongside the Colombian and Belgian in a back-three in Italy.
It’s also worth noting the broadsheet believes Serge Aurier will be left out the team for Kieran Trippier while Ben Davies is preferred to Danny Rose.
Spurs are expected to play three in midfield, to directly combat Juve’s midfield three.
The Times also believe Dele Alli will play in an advanced role alongside Harry Kane.
Juventus team news vs Tottenham
Juventus are excepted to be without key forward Paulo Dybala who is unlikely to return from a one-month injury lay-off.
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi also remains sidelined through injury, as does winger Juan Cuadrado.
Defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Andrea Barzagli both miss the crucial tie, leaving Juve short in numbers at the back.
Douglas Costa is also back in contention having missed the club’s 2-0 win in Florence last Friday.
See how the Italian press are predicting the lineups below.