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Gianluigi Buffon looking forward to Juventus locking horns with Spurs again

PUBLISHED: 15:30 07 March 2018

Juventus Gianluigi Buffon and coach Massimiliano Allegri during the press conference at Wembley Stadium (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).

Juventus Gianluigi Buffon and coach Massimiliano Allegri during the press conference at Wembley Stadium (pic: Steven Paston/PA Images).

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The Italy legend looks ahead to the clash at Wembley along with boss Massimiliano Allegri

Gianluigi Buffon feels Tottenham Hotspur’s attacking style will play into the hands of Juventus at Wembley.

Spurs are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League following a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Turin last month.

Juventus were in control of the tie when Gonzalo Higuain scored twice in the first nine minutes, the latter a penalty.

But Harry Kane pulled a goal back and Higuain missed a second penalty, before Christian Eriksen’s free-kick made it advantage Spurs.

Juve, who have contested two of the past three finals, face the prospect of bowing out early unless they can breach Tottenham’s defence - but goalkeeper Buffon is confident they will get chances.

“It is a fascinating challenge to play at Wembley, an historic football theatre, and also it is a challenge because we have to try to get through following the first leg, and because we are playing a strong team,” said the 40-year-old.

“It will be an uphill battle but sometimes you can get caught out going downhill so we are up for the challenge.

“Tottenham quite clearly have a lot of great attributes, they have a tried and trusted style of play.

“They like to attack, they can be physical, they are good technically, but their style allows the opposition a few chances, so I think the fans are in for a treat.”

Higuain has been passed fit after missing the last two matches with a ankle problem, but Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic is out with a thigh injury.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said: “Higuain has trained with the team. It’s such a huge game you are going to want to play even if not in tip-top condition.

“We are going to have to be a lot better technically than we were in the first game, especially in the second half.

“For us it is like a final because we know if we don’t get a result we will be out.”

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