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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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Tottenham handed major boost as Barcelona star picks up hamstring injury ahead of Champions League clash

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Football.london reports that Ivan Rakitic could be a doubt for our Champions League clash against Barcelona next month.

The Croatian was subbed in the 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League and didn’t play against England recently.

An update on Barcelona’s Twitter account was posted and didn’t confirm when the player could be fit.

Should the hamstring strain be severe, the player could miss a month or more, and Tottenham need all the luck they can get in their Champions League group.

Tottenham might need to win both their clashes in the group, and they don’t come easy with us facing Inter Milan at Wembley before that big clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Spurs gave themselves a lifeline against PSV with a late win, and we need similar heroics when we face the Serie A side.

Inter Milan beat us 2-1 and we will have to win by two clear goals or by a scoreline of 1-0 to get a better head to head than our rivals.

Barcelona have had their own struggles with a porous defence, and they conceded four goals in a shock 4-3 loss to Real Betis at the Nou Camp.

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This should provide Spurs with some hope for the all-important clash and it will be better if some of the top Barca players can’t play the game.

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Juventus have made Christian Eriksen one of their top targets as they try to add quality in the winter window, according to Tuttosport (h/t Daily Mail).

The report adds that Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey are all targets for the Serie A giants, and a reunion with the Manchester United man is their first choice.

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Juventus have made it a habit of getting some quality players on the cheap and Eriksen is yet to sign a new deal with Spurs.

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Eriksen has had a tough time with an injury this season but has recovered from the abdominal issue. The 26-year-old played the entire 90 against Wales and is expected to play again before the end of the international break.

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Eriksen scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists for Spurs in the Premier League last season, and a similar return would be great after an injury-affected campaign.

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England looked set for more international heartbreak as Croatia were leading in their UEFA Nations League game.

The hosts then turned things up a notch after Jesse Lingard scored the equaliser and Tottenham star Harry Kane got the winner.

The England captain turned saviour for the side again, but another Tottenham man also turned the game on its head with his arrival.

Dele Alli didn’t start in the important clash against the Croatians but came on with around 30 minutes remaining in the tie.

The Englishman didn’t score or grab an assist but his attacking display helped England to the semi-finals of the competition.

The 22-year-old has struggled for goals and assists this season, but this performance certainly led to several Tottenham fans applauding the youngster.

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