Turin (Italy) (AFP)
Centre-back Giorgio Chiellini said it will take the entire
Juventus team to stop Tottenham striker Harry Kane in Tuesday's
Champions League last 16 first leg clash in Turin.
Mauricio Pochettino's side have been in fine form in the Premier
League recently, taking seven points from matches against
Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, with Kane scoring his
101st league goal in the north London derby last weekend.
"Stopping Kane, just me alone, is pretty impossible," said
33-year-old six-time Serie A winner Chiellini.
"I'm not so presumptuous or arrogant to think I can. I hope the
whole of Juventus can stop Tottenham, that is what matters.
"One-to-one clashes are important but the whole team will have to
do its best to limit, not only Harry Kane, but the 'fab four'
(Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min) in the
"We shouldn't just think of Tottenham as Kane, but as a whole
team. They haven't reached this level by chance.
"Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility,
aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope
will take us to Kiev in May."
Juventus -- finalists twice in the past three seasons -- have
conceded just one goal in their last 16 games and Kane said he
was eager to lock horns again with Chiellini.
- 'Dead leg' -
"He's an amazing defender," said Kane, who has faced Chiellini
before. "My first start for England probably the first five
minutes he made a challenge and I probably had a dead leg for 10
"It was a good welcome to international football."
Kane added: "We have to come here with belief we can get through.
It'll be tough tomorrow (Tuesday) night then hopefully we can
take them to Wembley and get the job done."
It will be the first European meeting between the two sides and
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said there is no favourite.
"It's a very balanced challenge, it's 50-50, the two teams are
equal," said Allegri. "We have to create an advantage tomorrow
night and bring it to London where it will be decided.
"Obviously I'd be glad not to concede, to end up with a clean
The Italian champions' injury list includes Paulo Dybala and
Blaise Matuidi, with Allegri admitting he has not yet decided on
his final line-up.
"We'll have to see how I feel when I wake up tomorrow, so
basically it depends on my alarm clock," he joked. "Don't think
that I won't be sleeping, because I can assure you I will be
Pochettino boasts a full squad apart from defender Toby
Alderweireld, who is making his way back from a hamstring injury.
"Juventus is a massive club, its history, they've won everything,
we can't compare," said Pochettino of a side that has been
finalists twice in the past three seasons.
But the Argentine is hoping to pull off another upset after
topping Real Madrid in the group stages.
"Not many many people believed in us and our ability to get
through. We're going to be brave."