Not Easy To Play Against Juventus, Fernando Llorente Warns Spurs
Feb 14 2018
What makes the encounter extra special for one Spurs player, Fernando Llorente, is the return to his old club and chance to knock them out the cup.
It will be a big ask to sneak a win this evening, against a Juventus side that has conceded only one goal in their last 16 games but Pochettino stressed that recent results have imbued his boys with self-belief. Everyone needs to be at their best.
"Of course, Juventus is a great team, one of the best in Europe and they have a lot of experienced players who know what it is to compete in the Champions League", said Pochettino.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente believes that it will not be easy for the Lilywhites to play against Juventus, who are able to defend expertly and pose a hard challenge to score against. Spurs have lost to Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester and Manchester City on the road this season, earning a point at Liverpool this month.
"Tomorrow we'll have to play an excellent match for a tactical point of view, because otherwise if we just focus on the physical aspect we could suffer a lot".
Here are three things we learned from the round-of-16 clash.
Dier added that Pochettino is "on the path" to becoming a great manager like Sir Alex Ferguson, the Argentine's idol, and also claimed Spurs are now as strong at Wembley as they were at White Hart Lane, having initially struggled at their temporary home. "We had 50 per cent possibility before the match and also after this match", Allegri said downplaying their favourites tag owing to more experience in the competition in which they have won twice and reached nine finals. The Ivorian made the same mistake in the Bernabeu against Real Madrid and was sent off on his Premier League debut against West Ham. The atmosphere was fantastic. "Which footballer hasn't? But "we've still got a long way to go - two very tough games coming up".
"We learned a lot from the Champions League a year ago". Although he stuck with that formation for three games after Toby Alderweireld damaged his hamstring midway through the first half of the 3-1 win over Madrid, he has essentially abandoned the shape since November. I think at home they will be good enough to get the win as well.
"We proved that this season with the way we've played in the Champions League and hopefully we can continue that on Tuesday".