Predicted Tottenham Lineup To Face Juventus In The Champions League
After earning the North London bragging rights against Arsenal at Wembley, it is time for Tottenham Hotspur to shift their focus to arguably their biggest game of the season against Juventus in the Champions League.
Spurs travel to Turin to face Juventus in the first-leg of the round of 16 on Tuesday with hopes of getting a positive result before hosting the Serie A champions on March 8 at Wembley.
Juventus, meanwhile are in a scintillating form of late, having not lost in any competition since the 3-2 defeat at Sampdoria in November last year.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Pochettino as he is expected to fly with an almost fully-fit squad to Italy.
However, defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to miss the Juventus clash, with the Telegraph reporting that Mauricio Pochettino has left the defender back in London to work on his fitness. This comes as big blow for Spurs who had hoped to see Alderweireld line up alongside Jan Vertonghen against Juventus.
Meanwhile, new signing Lucas Moura could make his long-awaited Spurs debut.
Probable Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Hugo Lloris (GK)
Arguably the biggest game of the season for Spurs, there is no way Pochettino is going to field Michel Vorm, meaning Hugo Lloris is set to start at Juventus.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
The decision whether to go with Trippier or Aurier could cause a bit of a headache for Pochettino. But I feel our gaffer would go with Trippier, who played extremely well against Manchester United and Arsenal. He deserves to start at right-back on Tuesday.
Davinson Sanchez (CB)
This is going to be Sanchez’s biggest test of the season. His decision-making and awareness have to be top notch if Spurs are to return back home all smiles.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
The leader and organiser of the defence, Vertonghen would have a big task cut out on Tuesday evening. Just like Sanchez, he has to be extra vigilant and sharp in order to keep the free-flowing Juventus attackers at bay.
Ben Davies (LB)
Davies deserves to be in the line-up for his consistent displays this season. Despite Danny Rose being fit, the Welshman should get the nod.
Eric Dier (CM)
Dier has looked decent in the last couple of games. When most thought it was time for Poch to drop the England international, he came up with fine performances against United and Arsenal.
Mousa Dembele (CM)
Growing in confidence with every passing game; Dembele seems to have found his rhythm back. The Belgian midfielder is expected to come up with a strong performance against the Turin giants.
Christian Eriksen (RW)
Eriksen is the player known for making Spurs tick in the attack. His creativity and inventiveness could all come into the fray, and if Juventus afford the Dane time and space, he could become a deadly customer to deal with.
Dele Alli (CAM)
Alli has shown signs of coming back to life lately. His best game of the season came against Real Madrid and the England international would be determined to recreate something similar at Juventus.
Heung-min Son (LW)
Son’s unpredictability and direct running could cause Juventus defenders a lot of problems. He is one of Spurs’ most important players and Poch would rely on him heavily to deliver the goods.
Harry Kane (ST)
There are no doubts as to who is going to lead the line at Juventus stadium. It is one of those big nights for Kane, and he would relish the challenge to deliver the knuckle-blow when it is least expected. His character and approach to keep going would make a lot of difference on Tuesday.
[Video] Amazing new time-lapse footage showcases pitch and seating areas of Tottenham’s new stadium
Tottenham’s new stadium is towards completion and a new time-lapse video from last week has been shared which highlights the final stages of work being done.
The video begins with a view of the exterior where cranes are working on one section of the structure. The next part features an aerial view of the entire stadium. The video shows construction being done throughout the night to get the venue ready as quickly as possible.
A clip from the video showcases a section where numerous glass panes are yet to be installed, however, a number of cranes and workers are on the job.
The pitch was installed a week ago and an interior shot displays the grass and the artificial pitch lighting. It is great to see that most of the seats are installed and the LED hoardings across the seating area of the stadium.
Hopefully, the venue will be completed quickly. Tottenham have spent a lot of time away from home with Wembley being used as a temporary ground. We even played a Carabao Cup game against Watford at Stadium MK.
“Star on and off the pitch” – Some Tottenham fans react to Spurs star’s hilarious dance
Lucas Moura seems to be enjoying his season with Tottenham. The Brazilian had a fantastic performance against Manchester United a few weeks ago and was even recalled to the Brazil squad during the recent international break.
The former PSG man has become a starter for Spurs and a recent video was shared by Moussa Sissoko of the Brazilian dancing.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 22, 2018
Some Tottenham fans reacted to the Moura dance and loved every second of it.
AMAZING CHEERFUL SAMBA SPURS TALENT
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) October 22, 2018
Star on and off the pitch.
— ⁴ (@Alderrweireld) October 22, 2018
Happy to be leaving London Stadium dressing room I imagine #WestHam
— Jeremy Palmer (@JeremyPalmer7) October 22, 2018
Who put Mambo No. 5 on? Winks?
— Enter the VAR (@thedarkpav) October 22, 2018
— Alex (@highpressmess) October 22, 2018
He certainly danced his way through Westham on Saturday 😁
— Marc R (@marcrozier1) October 22, 2018
hahaha love you 😁😘
— WanboSports万博体育 (@wanbosports) October 22, 2018
Loved it – putting your name in for Dancing with the Stars 😀
— LadyCP1851 (@LadyCP1851) October 22, 2018
Lucas is Crazy, hahaha
— Ramon Dos Santos (@nomarmsn) October 22, 2018
Thankfully he plays much better than he dances!!!😳
— Des Bennett (@DesBennett5) October 22, 2018
Spurs beat West Ham in a tough London derby on Saturday and will need another quality performance against PSV Eindhoven in midweek.
Tottenham have lost their two Champions League group games this season, and we need to defeat the Dutch team to have any chance of making it into the next round.
Tottenham downplay interest in signing 25-year-old Colombian star
Tottenham have no plans of signing Wilmar Barrios from Boca Junior, sources have told ESPN. The Colombian international had a decent World Cup with the national side and was linked with a move to Spurs, according to the report.
Reports (h/t ESPN) suggested that we had agreed on personal terms with the 25-year-old’s representatives and were preparing a bid for the midfielder.
Spurs were the only club to not sign a player in the summer but the manager was open to signings in January.
The manager was quoted by ESPN as saying:
“In football you always need to think you can improve, and you need to try to improve your squad.
“We couldn’t sign [in the summer] for different circumstances, but we wanted to sign.
“Now January will come and we’re going to try to sign. I think it’s not only us — all the clubs and managers want to sign players, must refresh the squad.
“We need to try again in January or the summer if we want to move on the team and the club.”
Spurs are in a great position in the Premier League as we are just a couple of points behind the league leaders.
Hopefully, the right signings can help us push on this season and lead us to our first ever Premier League title.
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