Monday February 12 2018
Chiellini: ‘Can’t stop Kane alone’

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini admits he can’t stop Tottenham striker Harry Kane alone - “I’m not so arrogant”.

The Bianconeri face Spurs in Turin tomorrow for the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie, and the English international recalled being kicked by Chiellini on his first international start.

“I don’t remember it [the tackle] very well but I remember when we played in Turin,” the centre-back insisted.

“He’s certainly a great striker, but the tackle wasn’t done on purpose!

“In my opinion he was already one of the best strikers and people were already talking about him a lot.

“I managed to judge him properly, because on that occasion I already considered him a great striker and he’s become a top international player.

“I think me stopping Kane on my own, one-on-one, is pretty much impossible, I’m not so arrogant.

“What I hope is that the Juventus collective will be able to stop Tottenham. One-on-one clashes are important but the whole team will have to do its best to limit not only Harry Kane.

“We shouldn’t just think of Tottenham as Kane, but as a whole team. Tomorrow will be a very tough game, it’s the knockout round and we can’t wait to play.

“The priority is to end the match with a clean sheet but it won’t be easy because this team scores a lot of goals and has a lot of strong attackers so we’ll try to stop them with the whole team.

“We might win some one-on-one duels but the team is what allows us to make great progress, to play a lot of games.

“The less space you give them the better it will be. They have different characteristics, we know these players and we’ve seen them a lot, we’ve also played against some of them.

“They haven’t reached this level by chance. Against Chelsea last year I remember the great result they obtained, they’ve been growing a lot, developing a lot.

“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.”

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