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Mixed Champions League Draw For Italian Sides

Juventus will face Tottenham Hotspur for the first time in European competition, with Roma paired with Shakhtar Donetsk in today’s Champions League draw.

The draw for the Last 16 took place today in Nyon, with two Italian sides present after Napoli were eliminated.

Roma will play the side which finished above the Partenopei, as they’ve been drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The two sides last met at the same stage in the 2010-11 season, with the Ukrainian side advancing 6-2 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, Juve will face English side Tottenham Hotspur for what will be the first ever meeting of the two sides in European competition.

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Preview


Group stage performance: Last year’s finalists, without Leonardo Bonucci at the back, have not been as impressive this time around, although they recovered from the opening loss to Barcelona to navigate a tricky Group D ahead of Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos.

Key man: The star of Paulo Dybala continues to rise – he has 14 goals in 23 games this season – while Gianluigi Buffon came fourth in this year’s Ballon D’Or, and not thanks to sentiment. The iconic goalkeeper remains among the best No 1s of all time.

Champions League pedigree: Since defeating Ajax on penalties in the 1996 showpiece, it has been a long tale of near misses for Juve, with five final defeats including a hammering from Real Madrid last season in Cardiff.

Tottenham Hotspur

Group stage performance: The best in Europe. From arguably the Group of Death, Spurs emerged with 16 points – the most of any team – and their reputation on the continent significantly enhanced. The results against Real – a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu and a 3-0 victory at home – were the standouts.

Key man: Who else but Harry Kane? Without his goals, Spurs become a very average Champions League team. With Kane, they are dark horses to win the whole thing.

Champions League pedigree: Quarter finalists on their debut run in 2011 – beating both Milan clubs back when that was impressive – their 2016-17 return resulted in a group stage flop and Europa League football after Christmas.

VERDICT: Spurs will fancy their chances if they play to their best, but the nous and defensive capability of the Italians can see them through. Juventus win.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Roma Preview

Shakhtar Donetsk

Group stage performance: Despite being top seeds, Shakhtar were pegged for a battle for third place against Feyenoord while City and Napoli battled for top spot. As it was Shakhtar beat Napoli 2-1 in their opening game and never let go of their qualifying spot.

Key man: Facundo Ferreyra couldn’t get a game in his single season at Newcastle United, yet is a totally different prospect for the Ukranians. He has 20 goals this season already.

Champions League pedigree: Shakhtar have made the knockouts previously but it has rarely ended well. Their only quarter final in 2011 saw them lose 6-1 on aggregate to Barca. They last reached the knockouts in 2015, and got spanked 7-0 by Bayern.


Group stage performance: Few seriously backed the Italians to top a pool containing Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, but when push came to shove the Romans emerged victorious in Group C, a 3-0 hammering of the Premier League champions standing out.

Key man: Radja Nainggolan. Seemingly linked with a Premier League side every transfer window, the blond-mohicaned Belgian is one of Europe’s finest holding midfielders who packs a rocket shot.

Champions League pedigree: Their best displays came in the mid-2000s, when they reached the last eight in successive years but were beaten by Manchester United both times. They last reached the knockouts in 2016.

VERDICT: The hardest tie to predict, with Roma impressing at times – having to travel to a Shakhtar side who navigated a tough group is a big ask. Shakhtar win.

Champions League last-16 draw
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