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Juventus vs Tottenham: Star-studded combined XI featuring 6 Spurs and 5 Bianconeri

One of the key matches from the upcoming rounds of the Champions League has to be Juventus hosting Tottenham. While the Serie A champions have been trailing Napoli for most of the season, they seem to have hit the right gear and have won their last five league fixtures.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have been on an impressive run and have even defeated the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal recently.

While the odds might favour Juventus, given our pedigree in the competition, there is no doubt that we can spring a surprise given that we defeated Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the group stages.

Both sides feature a lot of quality players and picking a combined XI from both teams will be difficult but here is our attempt at picking the best players from these teams.

Combined XI

Formation 4-4-2

Wojciech Szczesny – GK

This was probably the toughest decision to make, and as much as it hurts us to put in a former Arsenal man, Szczesny is the man for the future. Hugo Lloris and Gianluigi Buffon have had their issues in being consistent or injury free and the Polish star just about sneaks into this XI.

Kieran Trippier – RB

The right-back from Tottenham has been one of the plus points for the side this season and even though Juventus has a better defence, our right-back has been an attacking outlet this season thanks to his 6 assists. He deserves to be in this side.

Giorgio Chiellini – CB

The Italian is a rock at the back and has to be in any side in the world given his consistent performances and ability to command the defence.

Jan Vertonghen – CB

Jan Vertonghen makes the cut here simply because of his exceptional form of late. In Toby Alderweireld’s absence, Vertonghen has been brilliant for us and deserves his place in this XI.

Alex Sandro – LB

Another easy pick, even though we have Ben Davies and Danny Rose from Spurs. Sandro is the main man for Juventus down the left and it should come as no surprise that Antonio Conte has been looking to sign the Brazilian from his former club.

Miralem Pjanic – CM

Pjanic is the one who keeps his team ticking in the midfield. The former AS Roma man also has 11 goals to his name from the heart of the park, which makes him an automatic selection for this combined XI.

Mousa Dembele – CM

Dembele on his day can be one of the best in the world. We saw him boss the midfield against Arsenal in the previous game and should he perform at the same level, Juventus might find it tough to control the game.

Christian Eriksen – RM

The Dane is having the time of his life for Tottenham. After helping his national side make it to the World Cup, Eriksen has 7 goals and 6 assists in the Premier League, not bad for someone who is known for his passing ability, though many would suggest he should score more goals.

Son Heung-min – LM

Another player having a fantastic season is the South Korean. Son might not be as big a name as the injured Juan Cuadrado but his performances and energy in the park certainly give him a bit of an edge compared to the other players in the list.

Gonzalo Higuain – CF

The Argentine has scored 18 goals in 33 appearances and remains a threat up front. He certainly deserves a place in this combined XI.

Harry Kane – CF

Can there be anyone else to partner the Argentine in this combined XI? Once again, Kane has shown that he is great as a striker, irrespective of the competition. His 32 goals this season have kept us going this season and he’s easily one of the very best in the world.

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Incidents of alcohol and drug abuse surface among workers at Tottenham’s new stadium

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Construction News (h/t Independent) claims to have first-hand accounts of workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs at our new stadium.

Tottenham’s £850m new home has been hit by numerous delays and the club haven’t shared a final date for the launch of the stadium.

A source speaking to Construction News (h/t Independent) said:

“I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time.

“There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

However, Mace have denied such claims and a company spokesperson claimed that tests were carried out regularly to ensure the safety of the staff.

The personnel was quoted by the Independent saying:

“We carry out regular random drugs and alcohol testing to ensure that our rules are enforced throughout our supply chain. Any concerns about specific health and safety risks should have been flagged to Mace health and safety staff on the project.”

Our new stadium was expected to be completed for the game against Liverpool on 15th September but Tottenham will continue playing their home games at Wembley.

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This latest report will be a further blow to Tottenham as the stadium is behind schedule and we had reported that the home might not be ready before 2019.

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“The season is saved”, “This is the signing you make?” – Some Spurs fans unhappy with latest deal by club

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Tottenham haven’t done all that well in recent games with three losses on the spin. The Premier League loss against Liverpool was tough to take but the 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan was even worse.

We were leading till the 85th minute before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino got the goals at San Siro.

Tottenham bounced back with a win against Brighton & Hove Albion but prior to that, the team had time to pose for a new range of apparel from Hugo Boss.

A post from the Spurs Twitter account revealed that our first-team squad would be sporting suits from the company from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and a host of other players and staff were pictured in the dapper suits.

It isn’t a surprise that teams are being sponsored by brands but this deal does come a little late, given that our season is well over a month in.

Some fans, however, were upset with the deal and here are some of those reactions from Twitter.

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

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Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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