Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri had admitted that he would love to go up against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 16 stage of the Champions League.
With the final group games being played last night, all sixteen teams to reach the knockout stages of this year’s competition have now been confirmed.
With Tottenham finishing second in their group behind a dominant Bayern Munich, they would have to go up against a group winner in the next round and would have to play the second leg at home.
Spurs will go up against one of Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, RB Leipzig or Valencia in the next round as they cannot play an English team until the quarter final stage.
Sarri has had a tough start to life at Juve but masterminded a 2-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen in their final Champions League group game to seal top spot in Group D.
After leading his team to the knockouts, the former Chelsea boss spoke of his admiration for Mourinho and claimed it would be great to come up against him in the next round.
Forza Italian football quotes Sarri as saying, “I had the honour of getting to know him (Mourinho) and I really hold him in high regard.
“He is an extraordinary person that is very different from the perception that the outside world has of him.
“I am convinced it was a real pleasure to get to know him. Playing against him isn’t easy, but seeing him again would great.”
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I would also love for us to get Juventus as I believe playing an underdog like Leipzig or Valencia wouldn’t suit us while going up against Barca and PSG will be extremely difficult. I still haven’t gotten over how Juventus beat us in the round of 16 a couple of years ago even though we were the better team in both legs. So it would be nice to get some revenge on them.
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