'Wounded' Juventus will be spurred on against Tottenham, says Gianluigi Buffon

They hope it will be more potent.

Despite the difficulties that have held back the Italian game since the turn of the century, the Old Lady remains one of the true European giants, as evidenced by two trips to the Champions League final in three seasons and an extraordinary run of six consecutive Scudettos. If we do that and enjoy the game we will perform almost at our best or at our best, and if we do then we will have the chance to win.

"Trying to win one title would be fantastic for everyone and mean a lot because if we can win some trophies along the way it will be complete - and different from other clubs", he said. They stuck to their game plan, took control of the game and mounted a comeback.

And next up is Italian giants Juventus, twice Champions League winners and runners-up twice in the past three seasons.

"I had the possibility to meet him five years ago because it was my idea to sign him when we were at Southampton". But Juventus has the attacking arsenal and the nous, more importantly, of dealing with tricky situations as these in two-legged ties. Thiago Alcantara's effort gave Bayern the lead on the night and then Kingsley Coman - on a long-term loan from Juve - scored their fourth to send them through to the quarter-finals at his then-parent club's expense.

Spurs recovered from conceding two early goals in the first half in Turin to secure a draw thanks to Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen's low free-kick 20 minutes before half-time.

They also have one of the in-form strikers in Europe in the shape of Harry Kane, and Lloris said: "He belongs to the best, simple as that".

"We have improved the team every season step by step", Pochettino said. But let's not forget your opponents and their characteristics.

A clean sheet would not be enough if Juve do not score a goal, though.

Gonzalo Higuain has been named in Juventus' squad to face Tottenham but Massimiliano Allegri's side will be without Mario Mandzukic.

"Although Higuain has been training separately for a while, he's trained with the team for the last two days".

"I don't see any reason why they can not both play", Allegri said.

"The fact that this is such a huge game and such a great game, you want to play in a game like that, even if you're not in tip top shape".

"It's a knockout game; a final. We play simple. It's a good moment to see how we can handle the situation for our future".

"We know we played well out there and on another day we could have won but we are not getting carried away".

  • Julie Sanders