Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher has said that clashes against the biggest sides in world football get Tottenham “turned on” after they were drawn against Juventus in the Champions League knock out stages.
Spurs went through their group stage unbeaten, winning five out of six of their games, including convincing wins over reigning champions Real Madrid and German giants Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Juve meanwhile were beaten just once, by Catalan giants Barcelona, as they progressed to the next stage as runners up to the Spanish side in their group.
Now the two sides are set to go head-to-head in the new year, and Carragher says that he is expecting Spurs to lift their game to the next level, as they did to pull off a draw and a win against Real during the group stage.
Predicting that Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be the team to come out on top after two legs, he told the Daily Mail: “Tottenham get turned on by these huge games.
“They have excelled at Wembley against Liverpool and Real Madrid — teams who have gone at them.
“It will be a fascinating tactical contest between Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri. The second leg at Wembley will be a great game.”
Spurs have never faced Juventus in a competitive clash, although manager Pochettino did reveal that he has a personal connection to Turin after the draw was announced.
He has already seen his side do better in Europe than last season, where they finished third in their Champions League group before being humbled by Belgian side Gent in the Europa League knock out stage.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of an Olympic silver medallist.