Date: 6th March 2018 at 2:59pm
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After an excellent result in the first leg, we have a fantastic opportunity of going through tomorrow night, but we are coming up against opponents who will make things as difficult as possible for us.

Juve are not used to losing and that winning mentality will no doubt give them belief that they can turn things around at Wembley, and we will definitely come under pressure at points during the game.

Max Allegri is a very intelligent manager, and he would have learnt a lot from his first encounter against Poch, so our coach will have to anticipate some tactical changes from our opponents. I have no doubt the Argentine is up to the task, and here a few key areas he will be looking at ahead of the match.

1. Stopping Dybala

Gonzalo Higuain could be out of the match tomorrow. The Argentinian is suffering with an ankle injury, and is a serious doubt, but significantly the Bianconeri have another equally dangerous forward back in their ranks.

Paulo Dybala did not feature in the first leg in Turin, but was back in action on Saturday, scoring the only goal in the 1-0 win over Lazio. Unlike his team mate, he likes to play in a deep lying role, and is hard to pick up. Poch has to deny him space in between the backline and midfield, or otherwise he will be a huge threat. Juventus have a better win percentage whenever the 24 year old is in the team, and it`s not hard to see why with his 18 goals in all competitions this season.

2. Targeting their weakest link

Their centre back partnership had not conceded this calendar year until we hit two past them, but it seems one of them is now carrying an injury.

Medhi Benatia limped off after the victory at the weekend, and if he is not fit tomorrow night, we could see Daniele Rugani start. The Italian was dropped from the starting XI after a 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria in November and has struggled to regain his place ever since.

The 23 year old has started the club`s last two Serie A games which suggests he would be next in line to partner Chiellini in defence, but there are big question marks about his form. If he does play, I have no doubt that Harry, Dele and the rest of the attack could exploit his lack of confidence and give him a torrid time.

3. Be prepared for a surprise

For the first time in a long time, Juventus opted for three at the back against Lazio on Saturday. It is believed the switch in formation was designed to mirror their opposition. Yet, Allegri could have been using the game to try out a new system ahead of the game against us as well.

I would still back them to start with their tried and tested four-man backline, as they were certainly not convincing in their 3-5-2, and scraped a win with just one shot on target all match. However, I wouldn`t rule out a surprise. Dybala likes playing off another striker. If Higuain is fit, or he opts to start Mandzukic through the middle for two up top, three at the back could be the way to go. Pochettino will have to be prepared for such an eventuality.


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  • 3-5-2 was the formation that Allegri often used earlier in his time at Juve although it could be adapted within games to 4 at the back when needing to defend. It was initially considered quite a conservative way of playing in a lot of Serie A matches and he got a lot of criticism for it even though it often worked for them. But Juve became even more of a potent and attractive force when he adapted to play a 4-2-3-1 formation (or variations on it) on a regular basis. … Even so, Allegri has been known to experiment and change things up, almost on a whim, and so a tactical surprise could be on the cards.

  • I see it a bit like the Real Madrid double-header, we started sloppily in the first match and the lack of Aurier should hopefully mean better composure this time out, we only tested the water in Turin. Perhaps I’m over-confident, but I reckon this one is a comfortable victory for us. 3-0!

  • 3 things:

    1. Turn up with the right attitude .
    2. Play our pressing game from the off
    3. Clinical finishing to score 1st.

    Easy! (3-1 Spurs).

  • If our players play at their best they will win. Simple enough. I have a former student named Mn@frin@ti who lives somewhere between Turin and Venice. Don’t allow the little expletive-deleted to gloat. lol. If our players play at their best they will win. COYS. Just kidding about the expletive-deleted, he’s actually a nice enough chap. But don’t let him gloat.

  • We should win this game if it is purely based on football. What we may do is lose it because Juve are far better at the darker arts of the game than we are. Take the first leg. A home referee who only judged Juve to have fouled 16 times and only dished out 3 yellows to them. Not a chance he could defend himself if him and I objectively sat down and watched the game together again. He got intimidated by the Italian stadium atmosphere and players and was guilty of conscious or unconscious bias (don’t care) to them.

    We must learn from that. There is no point being fouled and not staying down and complaining to the officials. Let’s make sure we pile on the pressure to the ref and build the picture that we are the home side with the possession and therefore the victim of their cynical play. Let’s show Juve that we can also play the mind games and get the strong advantage of being the home side. Let’s at least ensure that they clock up the 30 fouls they did in the first game and ensure that the ref objectively uses his cards against them.

  • I cancelled a meeting at the university this afternoon so as to watch the match. (2:30 pm local time). We should win this one. Three things to do to win? 1) win, 2) win, and 3) win. but i’ll be satisfied with 0 x o or 1 x 1. lol. No lunatic mistakes, please. somewhat happy Aurier won’t be playing. He might be great in a year, but he’d make me nervous if playing today.

  • Pace will be essential to break through the Juve defence. Son has it of course but we may need need Moura at some point’ hopefully before it?s too late for him to have an impact.

  • let’s go do it, Spurs. Come on your Spurs. COYS MFers. the old lady vs SPURS. Spurs should down the old lady any time. Go do it. 2 x 1 Spurs. at least. Keep your heads on straight. we win at OUR STADIUM Wembley. The couldn’t win at their home. Cockerels rule the roost. Excited much? For an old man I’m over the moon with the thrill of this match.

  • One of my fears going into this game was about losing against the dark arts of the Italians. That’s certainly been the case so far.

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