Cape Town - Tottenham
striker Harry Kane says he is looking forward to facing Giorgio
Chiellini in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Juventus in Turin.
Kane made his first start for England in a 1-1 draw with Italy in
2015, where he faced the 33-year-old for the first time, and is again
ready to take on Chiellini and a Juventus defence, who are yet to
concede in seven matches in 2018.
"Chiellini is an amazing defender," Kane said. "Five minutes into my
first start for England he made a very tough challenge. It was a nice
welcome to international football!"
He added: "Juve are a fantastic team but I'm looking forward to the
challenge. I always say that I want to test myself against the best
defences in the world and this is certainly one of those.
"Not many people expected us to get through from the group stage but
we won the group instead, so we must be confident against Juventus."
The respect is mutual, which was evident when Chiellini was asked
about the Premier League’s top scorer, who has 23 goals from 26
appearances after scoring 29 in 30 last season.
"He's an exceptional striker, his statistics of the last year
demonstrate this," Chiellini said. "He's a player that's grown a lot,
the most difficult thing is to keep improving.
"He's a player that's very complete, scores, plays for the whole
team, has the characteristics and skills that make him one of the
strongest in the world. Tottenham are lucky to have a player like him,
it's not so common.
"Actually stopping him one to one just me alone I think is pretty
impossible, I'm not so presumptuous or arrogant, my goal is the whole of
Juventus stops him.
"It's true one-to-one clashes are important, but the whole team will
have to do its best to limit not only Harry Kane but other players that
play with him. They have this fab four in attacking areas [Kane, Dele
Alli, Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen], we shouldn't think of
Tottenham as just Kane."
Kick-off is at 21:45 (SA time).