Gianluigi Buffon is correctly labelled as a legend in the world of football and even at the age of his 40, it seems as if his passion for the game still burns brighter than ever.
The Italian World Cup winner is set to lead Juventus out at Wembley Stadium tonight for their second leg tie against Tottenham Hotspur, in a game that is on a knife edge following the dramatic first leg 2-2 draw in Turin. It is a clash that could go either way, and Buffon believes there a few things that could swing the tie in his side’s favour.
"It will be an uphill battle but sometimes you can get caught out going downhill so we are up for the challenge," Buffon told the Evening Standard.
"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."
Despite the two sides being polar opposites in terms of experience, Spurs will relish the occasion following their fantastic resilience in the first leg. Their confidence has never been higher courtesy of their current 17-game unbeaten streak, and when it comes to Buffon’s comments, they will notice that the goalkeeper seems to be quite confident heading into the match.
Juve have been one of the most dominant sides in European competition over the last few years, and it makes sense to see that Buffon notices the potential flaws in Spurs’ game. By no means is he overlooking them, but it should serve as motivation for Pochettino’s men regarding how they start the game.
If The Old Lady gets the first goal then Tottenham will really have their backs up against the wall, as Juve will insist upon making the home side’s life as miserable and frustrating as possible.
If Tottenham can control the tempo early on then there’s every chance they can catch Juventus off guard, because as we saw in their previous clash, they are not immune to taking the English side for granted.
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