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The clash at Wembley is finely poised after Tottenham fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in Turin three weeks ago, and promises to be a pulsating affair.

File: Juventus' Argentinian forwards Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain and Juventus' Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa.

"I think that Tottenham are a side with characteristics and a way of playing which have bedded in and they will play the game they are capable of playing, which is an open, attacking, physically and technically strong football which will certainly cause us problems", he said.

On the other side of the coin, Tottenham will hope to pull off a major upset.

Juventus, Champions League finalists in two of the last three campaigns, will be able to call upon forward Paulo Dybala, who has netted 18 goals this term, after he missed the first leg due to a hamstring injury. They had come from 2-0 down to claim a draw against one of Europe's best teams away from home.

"We had a good result in Juve, but it is not enough to think the job is done", Spurs goalkeeper Lloris told Sky Sports.

"Let's not treat it like a Final, seeing how the last few went", Buffon joked at the start of the interview as he referred to Juventus' poor record in the Champions League final.

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It's an extremely tough game to predict, because of the outcome of the first leg. After battling back from 2-0 down in Italy, Spurs will start as slight favourites at Wembley in a match that kicks off at 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, Pochettino's master plan of gradually and systematically making headway towards their goal of becoming a European powerhouse, won't have Harry Kane leaping out of his chair.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last four games since their Champions League exploits in Turin and have booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Tottenham Hotspur's (left) Roman Pavlyuchenko, Michael Dawson (centre) and Gareth Bale celebrate winning their Champions League last-16 tie with AC Milan in 2011 after the final whistle at White Hart Lane (pic: Sean Dempsey/PA Images). It's obvious there is a certain amount of pessimism after the first leg.

Tottenham proceeded to win their next two games in the competition, beating Borussia Dortmund and APOEL to top Group H with a remarkable 16 points from a possible 18.

"The players would be heroes because they will have competed with these big sides". They will look to take a similar approach at Wembley of staying tight at the back and nicking a goal.

The first leg ended 2-2 in Turin as Spurs rallied from a awful start, but they can't afford to be complacent in the second leg. The Argentine has made 21 appearances this season, but most of those have been as a substitute, a role in which he is likely to find himself on Wednesday night.

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