Excitement is gathering amongst the Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern as they prepare to watch their side go head to head with Juventus at Wembley this evening.
The vast majority of the Lilywhites faithful propping up our bar in the tavern were feeling hard done by when they were drawn an extremely tough looking tie against The Old Lady in the last-sixteen of the Champions League, but at the half-way stage they have a fantastic opportunity to progress into the quarter-final of the competition. Mauricio Pochettino’s side performed admirably three weeks ago to recover from a 2-0 deficit inside the first ten-minutes in the first-leg and bring home a 2-2 draw from the Allianz Stadium.
In the aftermath of the first-leg, fans and pundits alike were waxing lyrical about the complete performance of Mousa Dembele (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield. The Belgian international was truly sensational against one of the best sides in European football, as he dictated the tempo of the game and proved that he is one of Europe’s most complete midfielders on his day.
However, his performance will fade long into the memory if he is unable to repeat his heroics this evening and inspire Tottenham to reach the quarter-final with a positive result this evening. In the first-leg, Spurs will able to enjoy plenty of possession in Juvenuts’ defensive half due to Dembele’s ability to control the game from the centre of the park, and that is what he must do again this evening if his side are to progress.
Juventus will be desperate to inflict revenge on Tottenham tonight after the first-leg result, and the dynamic of this tie will undoubtedly shift in nature due to the away sides need to score on English soil, but if Dembele can emulate his display in Italy from three weeks ago then Pochettino will surely move a step closer towards winning his elusive first trophy as Tottenham manager.