For the next couple of hours, I’m going to guess blood pressure will be a little higher than it was this time yesterday. You’ll be eating your bowl of cereal or scrambled eggs and thinking of the Champions League. You’ll be having your midday turkey sandwich thinking of the Champions. And on, and on, and on. I don’t think it will matter what’s going on in our day before Juventus kicks things off in London, there will be Champions League thoughts taking place.
Then, there will be kickoff.
And, by god, may there be good things happening.
It’s win-or-go-home for Juventus against Tottenham Hotspur tonight at Wembley Stadium in London. Tied up at 2-2 on the aggregate scoreline, Juventus need a win or else their Champions League campaign for the current campaign will come to an end and they will watch Spurs celebrate making the quarterfinals of the competition on their home field and in front of their home fans in England.
I’m in no mood for that.
Juventus has the capability of beating Spurs tonight. That is, however, if a lot of things go right. Like, you know, potentially building another 2-0 lead after nine minutes and actually being able to hold onto into rather than seeing Tottenham walk all over the Allianz Stadium field like they owned the damn place.
If Juventus can play more like the team of the first 10 minutes rather than the other 80, then they could be in serious business.
If Juventus plays like the team that Spurs dominated both on the field and in the tactical battle between the two managers, then it will be a sad flight back to Turin filled with a bunch of disappointed players.
There’s only one thing left to do. Well, besides stress out like it’s the 85th minute or something like that. It’s to play ball — and hope Juve can see the Champions League quarterfinals once more. That’d sure be nice.
Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Kickoff time: 8:45 p.m. in Italy; 7:45 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 2:45 p.m. on the East Coast; 11:45 a.m. on the West Coast
Juventus starting XI (4-3-2-1): Buffon; Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Dybala; Higuain
Juventus bench: Szczesny, Marchisio, Asamoah, Rugani, Lichtsteiner, Sturaro, Bentancur
Tottenham starting XI (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Dembele; Eriksen, Alli, Son; Kane
Tottenham bench: Gazzaniga, Rose, Lamela, Wanyama, Sissoko, Llorente, Lucas
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