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Juventus to face Tottenham Hotspur In Champions League

December 11, 2017

Juventus have been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The two sides have never played one another in a professional competition although they did face Spurs in a pre-season friendly this summer.

The dates for the two-legged encounter have been released with the first game being played at the Juve Stadium  on February 13.

The return leg will be played at Wembley Stadium the following month on March 7.

Speaking after the draw, Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved called it a tough but normal draw.

“It’s a normal draw,” Nedved told Premium Sport.

“We’ve never faced Tottenham in Europe, but we faced them in a friendly this summer and lost. The game is in two months, so we’ll see how it goes.

“They’re a solid team with a great Coach who is taking full advantage of their attacking potential.

“Then there’s Llorente who we know well and who we hope doesn’t hurt us like he did for Sevilla.

“In the friendly we weren’t in condition, now we have to believe in ourselves and do our best.

“I’d sign up to reach the final every year, then when you’re there you see how it goes. It’s always very difficult [to get there] but Juventus have done it twice in three years. That doesn’t happen for everyone.

“The Last 16 is tricky, it’s very difficult to pass. It seems like a matter of course, but Juventus never make these calculations, not in the league nor in Europe.

“We always take it game-by-game, we’ll think of Tottenham and then see what happens.”

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