Kane faces Juve test

February 13, 2018


This is one defence even Harry Kane might struggle to breach.

The world's leading scorer in 2017 comes up against one of Europe's tightest back lines when Tottenham take on Juventus today.

Only one goal has been conceded in 16 matches by the Italian champions.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is hoping such a formidable record doesn't spook his players heading into the first leg of the Champions League match in Turin.

"It's better that I don't tell them. That will be my psychology," Pochettino quipped. "It will be a tough battle."

There were questions over how the Juventus defence would cope following Leonardo Bonucci's shock departure to AC Milan. For six years, he linked up with Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini and won six league titles.

However, after an inconsistent start to the campaign, which saw Juventus concede 14 times in 13 league matches, the back line has settled down.

"After the start of the season, when we had games ending 3-2 or even 6-2, like against Udinese, we went back to normal," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "You can control games simply by defending well and not affording your opponents any chances."

But Juventus are no slouch going forward either, having scored a Serie A-leading 61 goals this season while tussling with Napoli for the title.

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