Tottenham vs Juventus: Old Lady counts on experience against Spurs' exuberance

Tottenham Hotspur holds a slight advantage over Juventus ahead of the second leg.

Juventus players and coaching staff were in good spirits upon arriving in London for the second leg of this round of 16 tie.   -  AFP

Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus go into the second leg with very little separating them. Tottenham can progress on away goals by drawing the second leg 0-0 or 1-1. But Juventus has the attacking arsenal and the nous, more importantly, of dealing with tricky situations as these in two-legged ties. And both teams need a complete performance to enter the quarterfinals.

Spurs has had relatively comfortable outings the likes of Rochdale, Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace since the first leg. Juventus has kept three consecutive clean sheets and won each of its last three matches 1-0, in what has been an ideal preparation for the second leg against an exuberant Tottenham.

Team news

For Tottenham, central defender Toby Alderweireld has been ruled out of the second leg with a hamstring injury, while right-back Serge Aurier will serve his one-match suspension for picking up his third yellow card in this season's competition in the first leg.

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Juventus has quite a long injury list with Mario Mandzukic (thigh) and Federico Bernardeschi (knee) missing from the 21-man squad, while Juan Cuadrado (adductor injury) is a long-term absentee. Gonzalo Higuain is in the squad for the second-leg clash but he is uncertain to start.

Possible formations and line-ups

In Alderweireld's absence, Pochettino may continue to deploy a four-man backline. The midfield and frontline are settled.

Possible Tottenham starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris (GK); Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez, Jan Vertonghen, Tom Davies; Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son; Harry Kane

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi is in contention to face Spurs in the second leg, having missed the first with a muscle problem. Paulo Dybala may start, too.

Possible Juventus starting line-up (4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon (GK); Stephan Lichsteiner/Matia de Sciglio, Giorgio Chiellini, Mehdi Benatia, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain

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- Juventus has not won any of its away matches in the Champions League this season
-Tottenham is looking to reach its second quarterfinal in this competition, having last done so in 2011

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