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Tottenham v Juventus – talking points

Will Erik Lamela start ahead of Son Heung-min and will Danny Rose get the nod at left-back?

Mehdi Benatia and Harry Kane during the first leg
Mehdi Benatia and Harry Kane during the first leg

Tottenham face Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Having come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the first leg in Turin, Spurs will surely fancy their chances of reaching the quarter-finals.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points surrounding the big match.

Son to shine?

Son Heung-Min could pip Erik Lamela to a starting spot after scoring twice at the weekend

Erik Lamela was preferred to Son Heung-min in the first leg in Turin but the South Korean’s two-goal salvo against Huddersfield at the weekend must have put him in the frame to start. Mauricio Pochettino was giving nothing away at his pre-match press conference, though.

Rose choice

Danny Rose has been tipped to start at left-back

Left-back Danny Rose has been restricted to starts in the cups since returning from injury but was seen having a long chat with Pochettino at training on Tuesday morning, away from the rest
of the group. Some observers felt that meant he is in line to play, others thought the opposite.

Keep it clean

Serge Aurier’s suspension means the right-back slot is far more clear cut, with Kieran Trippier coming in. Davinson Sanchez also starts in the absence of Toby Alderweireld in a Tottenham rearguard
who know a clean sheet will see them through to the quarter-finals.

Dier mission

Eric Dier will be tasked with protecting Tottenham's back four

A lot will rest on the shoulders of Eric Dier. A big display from the midfielder against the Italian champions could not only help get Spurs through, it would also send a big message to England
boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the World Cup this summer.

Harry’s game

Harry Kane already has seven goals in Europe this season but none of those will matter if Spurs go crashing out. The England striker’s reputation continues to blossom and he will be desperate
for another eye-catching display on the big stage.

Press Association


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