Spurs - Juventus: Higuaín in, Mandzukic out

Delia Walker
March 7, 2018

Gonzalo Higuain, who missed a penalty just before half-time, scored a quick-fire brace before Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen hit back to swing the pendulum in their favour. We might never get to the bottom of what they were talking about, but the line-up tomorrow will give us a huge clue.

Alderweireld has only played FA Cup games against Newport and Rochdale since a three-month layoff from a hamstring injury, and has been deemed not fit enough to return for what is one of Spurs' biggest games of the season.

Tottenham must manage the occasion as well as the opposition and Lloris said it would be foolish to try to dig in and protect their away goals advantage. "But we're going to have to play better tomorrow and know that when we have to defend, we have to defend like we always have - not like in the first leg".

Spurs are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions and Wembley, their temporary home while their new stadium is being built, has become somewhat of a fortress.

They finished third in the Premier League in 2015-16 and second last season, although they are yet to win any silverware and flopped in last season's Champions League.

Two years ago, after their Europa League exit against Dortmund, Pochettino said that his team could not compete with the continent's leading clubs.

"We are playing against one of the best teams in Europe, but we are a courageous team, positive people, that love the challenge and we all think we can win". We improved our reputation in Europe after the group stage. The Tottenham manager also described Higuaín as "one of the greatest strikers in the world" - although he is a major doubt with an ankle injury.

"Now I think for our fans and us, it's like our home".

"They are a team that relish attacking", the goalkeeper said of Mauricio Pochettino's men.

"I think we have a very good opportunity but in football you need to earn things", he said.

"Of course there will be a bit more added pressure and maybe more nerves, but that is why we play football".

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