Tottenham Hotspur to host Juventus in friendly at Wembley
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Spurs to host Italian champions on August 5
Tottenham Hotspur will finalise their preparations ahead of the new Premier League season with a friendly against Serie A champions Juventus at Wembley on August 5.
The clash will be Spurs’ final match before they visit Newcastle United on the weekend of August 12 for their first Premier League game of the new campaign.
It will be a stern test for Mauricio Pochettino’s men, with Juve having won the past five Series A titles and having also reached last season’s Champions League final.
But the Spurs manager believes it will be good for his team to test themselves against such a strong side so close to the start of the new term.
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“This match will form an important part of our preparations, particularly with the Premier League season starting just a week later,” the Argentinean told the club website.
“We met Juventus in Australia during pre-season last year and it was a highly competitive game, very useful for us, and we expect a similar game this year at Wembley.”
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It will be interesting to see who lines up for Tottenham in the friendly with Juve given question marks hang over the futures of so many key players.
Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning, former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood gave his take on the futures of Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Harry Kane.
All three have been linked with moves away from Spurs this summer, but Sherwood, a former Tottenham player himself, hopes they all stay put.
“I wouldn’t let Walker go, as I think he’s a good player,” said Sherwood.
“I think Tottenham need two players in every position. I think Kieran Trippier and Walker are the two best right-backs in the division.
“Dier’s a reliable player, and is very versatile. He knows his limitations and sits in to the centre-back role or be a number six. I can understand why Manchester United want him.
“Harry’s biggest attribute is between his ears. I hope he stays at Tottenham for the first of his career. The only danger is a team in another white shirt in Real Madrid.”