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      11.12.2017 12:34 - in: Champions League S

      Spotlight on Tottenham Hotspur

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      The Bianconeri will face Tottenham for the first time in European Competitions in the UCL Round of 16

      Monday's UCL Round of 16 draw brought a new opponent for the Bianconeri as Juventus will face Tottenham Hotspur in the first knock-out round. 

      This will be Juve's second trip to Wembley Stadium this season as the Bianconeri traveled to London for a pre-season fixture won 2-0 by the hosts. Here's a quick primer on what is sure to be an enthralling tie: 

      HOW THEY GOT HERE

      Mauricio Pochettino's side impressively ran through arguably the toughest group of the competition placed with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortumund and APOEL.

      Spurs went 5-1-0 in their six group stage matches defeating Borussia Dortmund both home and away while topping Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley and earning a strong 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu. 

      English marksman Harry Kane found the back of the net six times in the group stage while Heung-Min Son scored three times. 

      HEAD-TO-HEAD

      Juventus and Tottenham have never faced off in European competition, but this will actually be the third and fourth matchups between the sides since the start of the 2016/17 season. 

      In July 2016 - on the same day the club signed Gonzalo Higuain - Juventus saw off Tottenham 2-1 in Melbourne with Medhi Benatia & Paulo Dybala finding the scoresheet. 

      Earlier in August, the Bianconeri traveled to Wembley for the final pre-season warm-up with the hosts coming out on top 2-0

      THE TIES THAT BIND

      There's only one current player who has played for both clubs, forward Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard scored 27 goals across 92 matches for the Bianconeri becoming a fan favorite in the process.

      Llorente joined Spurs this summer and scored his first Tottenham goal in the 3-0 Champions League win over APOEL. 

      LEAGUE FORM

      It's been a solid start to the Premier League season for Pochettino's side as Spurs currently sit sixth in the table with an 8-4-4 record. Just two points out of fourth, Champions League qualification is certainly still on the cards for our opponents.

      Harry Kane has 12 goals in the Premier League so far this season just one behind Mohamed Salah for tops in the division. 

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