Viewers of the clash between Juventus and Tottenham this evening have taken to social media to make clear their disbelief, after hosts Juve took the lead with just 1 minute on the clock, and doubled their advantage 6 minutes later.
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.
The starting lineups of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, 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, switched to a 4-2-3-1 for tonight, due to the absence of the injured Blaise Matuidi.
This meant that the attacking quartet of Douglas Costa, Federico Bernardeschi, Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain were all included from the start, in a bold move from Juve boss Max Allegri:
Juventus XI: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic; Higuain
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) February 13, 2018
Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, opted to leave out both Heung-min Son and Kieran Trippier, with Erik Lamela and Serge Aurier instead opted for from the off:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 13, 2018
Juve, due to their European experience and stellar recent form, were viewed as favourites ahead of kick-off tonight, albeit just, and took little time to prove exactly why, with a free-kick awarded to the hosts with just over a minute on the clock eventually seeing the ball clipped over Tottenham’s backline by Miralem Pjanic and wonderfully volleyed home by Gonzalo Higuain.
Spurs were clearly shellshocked, with Juventus incredibly going on to double their lead just 6 minutes later.
A switched ball from Mario Mandzukic to the left side of Tottenham’s box saw Federico Bernardeschi beat Ben Davies to the delivery, with Davies proceeding to take out the Italian midfielder, resulting in a penalty.
Gonzalo Higuain stepped up to confidently make it 2-0 with just 8 minutes on the clock, with the best of the shocked social media reaction below:
— ItalianFootballTV (@IFTVofficial) February 13, 2018
Just a reminder that Juventus have conceded one goal in 16 games, and that was scored by a former Juventus player… pic.twitter.com/IgMJ2MWGjq
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 13, 2018
Do Juventus know these Tottenham players have families?
— GIROUD FAN (@TekkaBooSon) February 13, 2018
Amazed it took so long.#juventus
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 13, 2018
Can we? ☹ pic.twitter.com/fJSD3vJ63j
— Tottenham Hotspur (@Spurs_MAS) February 13, 2018
🗣 👀 “Tottenham could really give Juve a game tonight”
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 13, 2018
Tottenham are really missing Jon Moss here
— oh you beauty (but also known as nate) (@natefc) February 13, 2018
— Tottenham Türkiye (@TR_Tottenham) February 13, 2018
Tottenham’s defence pic.twitter.com/K3zyuQGxH4
— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) February 13, 2018
An exemplary Arsenal impression from Tottenham in the last-16.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) February 13, 2018