Marcello Lippi's comments should make Tottenham fans feel very proud

Head coach Marcello Lippi of China looks on prior to the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between China and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan.

Tottenham Hotspur face a tough challenge against Juventus in the first knock-out stage of the Champions League.

Head coach Marcello Lippi of China looks on prior to the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between China and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan.

Italian legend Marcello Lippi sat down for an exclusive interview with Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, and offered high words of praise for Spurs and their manager Mauricio Pochettino, likening them to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Tottenham have risen to prominence both domestically and on the continent since Pochettino's appointment as manager in May 2014, and are now considered to be one of Europe's strongest teams.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and...

They have struggled in the Premier League this season, and currently sit in fifth spot, although they have been fantastic in Europe, finishing top of their Champions League group, ahead of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Lippi, who guided Italy to winning the World Cup in 2006, as well as overseeing five Serie A titles in charge of Juventus, warned his former side that they face a tough encounter against Spurs, when speaking exclusively to Gazzetta dello Sport:

Head coach Marcello Lippi of China looks on prior to the EAFF E-1 Men's Football Championship between China and North Korea at Ajinomoto Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan.

“Tottenham are a very good team. In a way, it’s similar to last year’s Barcelona clash. Tottenham’s attack is magnificent but they are not as strong at the back. Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 last season. Kane scores bags of goals, midfielders are able to make space and score goals. Pochettino is a very good young manager. Juventus, however, can create them troubles.”

Tottenham face an incredibly tough task against Juventus. The Old Lady have won their last 10 games in all competitions, and the world-class experience that Max Allegri has amongst his squad means that Pochettino's side will have to be at their very best, if they are to stand any chance whatsoever of progressing through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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