The last two summers has seen Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur face one another in a friendly, first in Australia and then at Wembley Stadium in London. Come the first months of 2018, the two clubs will meet in a pair of games that actually mean something other than players getting some work in.
Juventus was the first club to hear its name called during Monday’s Champions League Round of 16 draw in Nyon. That meant we didn’t have to wait long at all to find out who the six-time Italian champions will face in Europe come the new year. And it was the same Tottenham squad that was on the fixture list for the handful of friendlies this past summer.
Juventus vs. Spurs it is then, folks.
To London we go. And hopefully it’s a wee bit better than on the first Saturday in August. (I know, I know. It was a friendly, but still...)
The complete Round of 16 draw is as follows:
Real Madrid-Paris Saint-Germain
While they’ve met the previous two summers in the build-up to their respective season openers, this will be the first time that Juventus and Tottenham have faced one another in a European competition.
And Juventus playing Tottenham also means we get a reunion with a certain striker by the name of Fernando Llorente. It’s not the first time Juve will have faced a team Llorente is on in a European competition after he left the club in 2015.
Just in case you were wondering, that’s one of the best goal differentials in the group stage this season. Juventus could have gotten a much tougher draw knowing who was out there, but by no means are Spurs going to be an easy out and we can already pencil Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals. Not by a long shot, folks.