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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gianluigi Buffon says Juventus face an 'uphill battle' against Tottenham at Wembley

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says his side face an "uphill battle" to progress in the Champions League when they face Tottenham on Wednesday.
The Serie A side drew 2-2 with Tottenham at home in the first leg, but Buffon thinks Tottenham's attacking style may yet be their downfall.
Juventus, who have contested the final twice in the last three years, led 2-0 after nine minutes in Turin, but Spurs hit back to leave the tie nicely poised.
Buffon said: "It is a fascinating challenge to play at Wembley, an historic football theatre.
"And also it is a challenge because we have to try to get through following the first leg, and because we are playing a strong team.
"It will be an uphill battle but sometimes you can get caught out going downhill, so we are up for the challenge.
"Tottenham quite clearly have a lot of great attributes, they have a tried and trusted style of play.
"They like to attack, they can be physical, they are good technically, but their style allows the opposition a few chances, so I think the fans are in for a treat."
Key Juve forward Gonzalo Higuain has been passed fit after missing the last two matches with an ankle problem, but Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic is out with a thigh injury.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri said: "Higuain has trained with the team.
"It's such a huge game you are going to want to play, even if not in tip-top condition.
"We are going to have to be a lot better technically than we were in the first game, especially in the second half.
"For us it is like a final, because we know if we don't get a result we will be out."