The UEFA Champions League bounces back for the continuation of the 2017/18 season with the knockout stage taking centre stage tonight.Italian Giants Juventus lock horns with English side Tottenham Hotspurs in Turin on Tuesday night for the 1/16th stage of the prestigious tournament.
UEFA Champions League trophy
Tottenham defiled all odds to place first in a Group which contained defending champions Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund.
Their resounding victory over the Spanish Champions with a 3-1 scoreline in the group raised eye brows and caught the attention of the football world unto Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino has been able to build a strong squad which is now seen as a force in the English Premiership but will have a huge mountain to climb on Tuesday night when they play as guests to the Italian Champions, Juventus. Striker Harry Kane has kept up his consistency in terms of goal scoring and is tipped to give the strong defensive line of Juventus a headache.
Juventus placed second to FC Barcelona in Group D. Gonzalo Higuain has also found his lost form after scoring consistently in the last five games for the Old Ladies of Serie A. The absence of French Midfielder Blaise Matuidi would have some effect on the set up of Juventus but the inclusion of experienced Douglas Costa would be enough to cover for Matuidi’s loss. But Argentine Paolo Dybala will miss the all important clash due to injury.
With their far experience in the competition and their record of two final within three seasons, Juventus are tipped as the favourites to go through.
Juventus (probable): Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic; Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Mandzukic; Higuain
Tottenham Hotspur (probable): Lloris; Dier, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Aurier, Eriksen, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Alli, Kane
Felix Brych (GER)
Mark Borsch (GER)
Stefan Lupp (GER)
Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional assistant referees
Bastian Dankert (GER)
Marco Fritz (GER)
Pep and His Manchester City to confirm arrival
Spainsh Coach Pep Guardiola has now been given another opportunity to write his name in gold as he did with FC Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 as his Manchester City side takes on Swizz Champions FC Basel.
Manchester City looks more balance and solid (at the back) this season and their run in the English Premier League goes to confirm this assertion.
With striker Kun Aguero on fire, the Citizens are expected to win the first leg in Switzerland without much problems. The attacking lines of City appears to be their strongest link with Sterling, Silva and De Bryune will causing havoc for most defenders.