Tottenham’s star striker determined to prove his class on European stage against tough Juventus defence in Last-16 first-leg encounter tonight
Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored his 100th English Premier League goal recently. Pic/Getty Images
Harry Kane scored more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in 2017, but it is on the Champions League stage that the prolific Tottenham striker must deliver to be truly measured against the five-time World Players of the Year. Kane gets his chance when Europe’s premier club competition returns today as he leads Spurs into Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin, where the Italians have lost once in 27 Champions League games.
“Massive game but that’s what you look forward to as a player,” said Kane. “You want to test yourself against the best and Juventus have been amazing in the Champions League recently, so looking forward to it,” he added. They don’t come much better than Juve’s defence, led by legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and veteran rugged defender Giorgio Chiellini, who have conceded once in their last 16 games.
“Harry Kane is a fantastic player. He played against us three years ago and he has really improved,” Chiellini said. “Now he scores more than Messi in a calendar year…and that’s very different to scoring more than Chiellini!” The Italian champions dumped out Barcelona on route to their second final in three years last season. And German midfielder Sami Khedira believes stopping Kane will be just as big a task. “Harry Kane for me is the most complete striker,” the German midfielder said.
No. of goals Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored in all competitions this season
No. of games Juventus are unbeaten in Champions League matches at home
No. of wins Tottenham have recorded in eight games in Italy, with three draws and four defeats