Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur: A tactical overview
Let's look at the key tactical battles which will decide the fate of the tie between Juventus and Spurs.
Even though Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain remains the clash of the round of 16, but Tottenham versus Juventus also promises to be a smacking entertainer.
The unstoppable attack of Spurs versus the indomitable defence of the Old Lady is one contest every football fan is looking forward to.There will be a lot of individual battles which will decide the outcome of the tie.
The Champions of Italy looked shaky in the start of the season, but now they are back in contention for a seventh straight Italian League. Gianluigi Buffon and his defence has not conceded a goal in their last seven games, which gives a hint that the runners-up from the last season of the Champions League are back on track.
Spurs, on the other hand, have been inconsistent this season, but in the Champions League, they have looked strong. The win over Real Madrid at Wembley and a point at the Bernabeu has been the silver lining of their season till now.
Let us look at the tactical points and the individual battles that would decide in whose way would the tie turn.
#1 The Presence of Paula Dybala
The Argentine maestro has been in top form; he has already netted 17 goals in 28 games this season. This season looked like it was his to conquer but a hamstring injury has kept him out of action since January.
We had seen last season against Barcelona that what can he do. So his presence in the Bianconeri line up can make a lot of difference in the tie. The reports say that he may miss the first leg against Spurs but will be back for the second leg.