Starting at 20:45, we have the first match in the Uefa Champions League, Juventus – Tottenham. The match will take place on “Allianz Stadium”.
Juventus was founded as the Sport Club Juventus in 1897, but was renamed the Juventus Football Club two years later and now plays every year in the Uefa Champions League. Juventus has been the champion of Italy for the last 6 years. Also the team is the vice-champion in the Uefa Champions League in 2017. This year Juventus played in Group D of UCL and was assigned to Barcelona, Sporting and Olympiakos. They have won 11 points out of 18 possible and have qualified further from second place. Bianconeri are in very good form with 11 consecutive winning matches. Juventus’s defense is very strong because it has received 1 goal in the last 16 official matches.
Juventus: Buffon – Sandro – Chiellini – Benatia – De Sciglio – Khedira – Pjanic – Marchisio – Bernardeschi – Mandzukic – Higuain
Injured: Juan Cuadrado, Blaise Matuidi, Paulo Dybala, Andrea Barzagli, Benedikt Howedes.
Massimo Allegri press-conference: We need to be attentive, they are a physical team and we must make sure we have something positive to take to London. We will base our game around the players who are on the field. We must play an exceptional game. If we play to physical we could end up with broken bones. We will try to exploit their weaknesses. Higuain is stronger than Kane.
Giorgio Chiellini press-conference: It would be silly to think of Spurs as being all about Kane. It will be a difficult game but one that we are really looking forward too.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Tottenham or Spurs, have a nickname Lilywhites, a name that comes from traditional white equipment. Spurs has no Uefa Champions League finals in history, but the team has a semifinals in 1962. Tottenham is in 5th place in the Premier League and hopes again for the Uefa Champions League position for next season. They have a very good morale after winning with 1-0 against Arsenal in Premier League, the biggest rival team in England. Tottenham has not lost 11 official matches in a row.
Tottenham: Lloris – Rose – Vertonghen – Sanchez – Aurier – Dembele – Dier – Eriksen – Dele Alli – Son – Kane
Injured: Toby Alderweireld
Mauricio Pochettino press-conference: I think Juventus is a massive club. We cannot compare with Juventus, in their history they won everything. Juventus have plenty of experience and we need to reach their level with motivation, energy and the desire to compete. We are going to be brave, we are are going to try to win. We need to play with freedom and clear ideas however; it’s a game we must enjoy.
Surely we will see a very nice match because it is from the Uefa Champions League. Juventus starts up as a favorite in bookmakers, but I think the chances to qualify are 50-50. Juventus’s defense is very strong because it has received 1 goal in the last 16 official matches. I think we will not see many goals because both coaches will try to make a strategy for not receive any goals. My predictions for Juventus – Tottenham is below.
Prediction: Under 2.5 goals, odds 1.67
Stake: 7 units