The Tottenham fans are feeling nervous in the Transfer Tavern ahead of the biggest fixture of the club’s season so far against Juventus tonight.
Tottenham Hotspur were in fine form at the Allianz Stadium in Turin two weeks ago as they recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to bring a 2-2 draw back to Wembley Stadium. When Spurs went 2-0 down against a side who are notoriously difficult to break down, it would have been easy for Pochettino’s men to throw the towel in, but instead, they underlined their genuine credentials as potential winners of Europe’s greatest footballing prize with a sterling performance against The Old Lady.
However, the tie is only at its half-way stage, and it’s vitally important that Tottenham show no signs of complacency despite their favourable position going into the second-leg. Juventus are a side of true quality, and the first-leg result will have the Italian giants gunning for revenge this evening.
If Tottenham are to qualify for the quarter-final tonight, then their defenders will need to be razor sharp in order to nullify the threat of Gonzalo Higuain who scored a brace in the first-leg. But the Argentinian striker may not be the man to destroy the North-London sides European ambitions tonight, as Miralem Pjanic (valued at £45 million by Transfermarkt) could prove to be their nemesis in the centre of Juventus’ midfield.
Pjanic is a creative mastermind who possesses a unique ability to carve open defences with an air of effortlessness that very few players can replicate, so Pochettino must ensure that one of his players is tasked with personally man-marking the Bosnian international this evening.
Juventus have plenty of players who are capable of prising upon their opponent’s defence, but none of which can boast the range and quality of passing which Pjanic has in his locker, and if he brings his A-game to Wembley tonight then Spurs will be in real danger of being dumped out of the Champions League.