Juventus’ upcoming clash against Tottenham is a big thing in Italy, so much so that Gazzetta dello Sport felt the need to ask Marcello Lippi about it in an interview with the former Italy manager.
Now in charge of the China national team, the 69-year-old discussed various topics with the Italian newspaper, and was eventually led in the direction of commenting on Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Gazzetta suggested that, as adversaries go, Tottenham wasn’t exactly ‘the most unsurmountable of opponents”.
Lippi replied: “Looking at it, the challenge reminds me of Barcelona. A great attack but a not so great defence: the game finished 3-0. Kane will always put it in the back of the net, the midfielders can get behind, but behind, Juve can cause a lot of problems.
“However, Pochettino is good, a great representation of young managers, and has launched players like Alli.”
While he’s right about Kane, we think the likes of Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and now Davinson Sanchez might have something to say about Marcello Lippi’s analysis.
Let’s not forget Spurs have had the best defence in the Premier League over the past two seasons, and while their European adventures haven’t always gone to plan, this year appears to be different now that the Wembley hoodoo has been lifted.
Either way, this match up will be a fascinating one, and let the best team win.