Tottenham striker Harry Kane is relishing the prospect of facing Juventus, because it is the first time a lot of his teammates have reached this stage of the competition.
The two sides were drawn against each other in the last-16 of the Champions League on Monday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have been outstanding in the Champions League this season and qualified for the knockout phase as Group H winners – a group which included Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Juventus – runners-up in two of the last three seasons – were one of the toughest teams Spurs could have been drawn against on Monday, but Kane is relishing the prospect of facing the Italian side.
“This is what the Champions League is all about,” said the 24-year-old, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“We all watched the draw together in the gym and it’s exciting for us — it’s the first time for a lot of us in this stage of the competition.”
Tottenham were eliminated from the Champions League group stages last season, finishing third in their group behind Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.
Some people gave them little chance of progressing this season after they were drawn in the competitions hardest group, but Pochettino’s side have silenced the doubters by winning four of their 5 group matches.
Spurs reached the quarter-finals of the competition under Harry Redknapp in 2011, but were beaten 5-0 over two legs by Real Madrid.
However, the north London team have already shown they can cope with the pressure of facing Europe’s best teams, by beating Los Blancos 3-1 at Wembley last month.
Kane says Spurs will take confidence from those results going into the next round.
“To go far you have to beat the best and we’ve done that in the group stage, now it’s the next step. We’ll use the confidence we gained from the group stage and take that into every game going forward.”
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