When it comes to defenders, Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini is as good as they come. But he knows it will take more than just himself to stop Tottenham’s Harry Kane on Tuesday.
“Stopping Kane, just me alone, is pretty impossible.”
But the 33-year-old defender expands.
“I’m not so presumptuous or arrogant to think I can. I hope the whole of Juventus can stop Tottenham, that is what matters.”
Right now, Kane leads all Premier League scorers with 23 goals. This is his fourth consecutive EPL season with 20-plus. But Kane, who doesn’t even turn 25 until July, isn’t close to done yet. AndA�Chiellini knows how important teamwork is in this sport.A�Especially in the Champions League.
“One-to-one clashes are important but the whole team will have to do its best to limit, not only Harry Kane, but the ‘fab four’ (Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son) in the attacking area.”
Chiellini is well aware of how dangerous Tottenham can be.
“We shouldn’t just think of Tottenham as Kane, but as a whole team. They haven’t reached this level by chance. Tomorrow we want to do our best with great respect and humility, aware that this is the very first step of a journey which I hope will take us to Kiev in May.”
Of course, Tottenham’s talisman is very much looking forward to the challenge.
“He’s an amazing defender. My first start for England probably the first five minutes he made a challenge and I probably had a dead leg for 10 minutes. It was a good welcome to international football.”
Last year, Juventus would battle all the way to the Champions League final. Does Tottenham have what it takes to find an early advantage today?