Tottenham Hotspur were today rewarded with a Champions League last 16 tie with Italian giants Juventus for topping the competition’s supposed ‘group of death’.
Mauricio Pochettino’s could’ve drawn one of either Bayern Munich, FC Basel, FC Porto, Sevilla or Shakhtar Donetsk, but it was the Old Lady they drew.
The two-legged clash will take place on 13 February and 7 March, with a trip to Turin up first.
Group H winners
Tottenham Hotspur remarkably amassed more points than any team in the competition this season.
In a group, they were told they would fail in, Spurs equalled an English record of 16 points, which both (2005/06 runners-up) and Manchester United’s (2007/08 winners) achieved.
Scilinating in Cyprus, brilliant at the Bernabeu and dominant in Dortmund, Tottenham showed all the qualities of a side capable of going deep into the competition.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side even managed to overcome their Wembley demons, taking maximum points at the home of English football.
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101 Great Goals says…
Jamie Brown: Back in August when the draw for the group stage was made, Tottenham were immediately written off as they were drawn alongside Dortmund and Madrid.
Four months on, Tottenham are comfortably into the last 16 and awaiting an epic tie against Italian heavyweights Juventus.
Although this may appear to be a daunting challenge for the North Londoners, right now, this is a Juve side Tottenham are capable of overcoming.
Currently sat third in Serie A and having managed just a runners-up spot in their Champions League group, this is a Juventus side far from their dazzling best.
Nevertheless, the Old Lady are a team for the big occasion and last year’s finalists, also boasting an array of attacking talent, meaning Tottenham must bring their best.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have shown on occasions this season at Wembley, they are capable of beating anyone, demonstrated by their dismantling of Madrid, Liverpool and Dortmund.
Perhaps a huge tie is what Tottenham needed, just one last big confidence booster, showing themselves and the rest of the competition they mean business.