Sami Khedira Rates 'Complete Striker' Harry Kane Ahead of Higuain, Lewandowski

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal and his 100th Premier League goal  during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira has called Harry Kane "the most complete striker in Europe" ahead of the Old Lady's UEFA Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur next Tuesday. 

The Germany international will likely come up against the England forward at the Juventus Stadium as the two sides go head-to-head in the first leg of their last-16 clash. Khedira indicated he thinks Kane is better than his team-mate Gonzalo Higuain and Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, per the BBC (via Calciomercato): 

"I think he is the most complete striker in Europe. Robert Lewandowski and Gonzalo Higuain are also very good, but he has everything. He has pace, he has great physical and technical skills. He can score with just a touch or after dribbling. He is a fantastic footballer and is still very young. Tottenham are lucky to have him.

"Tottenham are a very good team. I watched them against Liverpool and Arsenal. They are strong and have a good defence. Their attacking force is world class, and Pochettino is an excellent coach. They are still young, and this could be good for us. We must be super focused because Tottenham are one of the best clubs in Europe and England."

Kane, 24, has netted 22 goals in the Premier League this season, the fourth campaign in a row he has passed the 20-goal mark in the English top flight.

Juventus' midfielder Sami Khedira celebrates after scoring a goal wduring the Italian Serie A football match Juventus Vs Sassuolo on February 4, 2018 at the 'Allianz Stadium' in Turin.  / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO        (Photo credit should read MARCO
MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images

He also scored six times in five appearances in the Champions League group stage as Spurs topped Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in Group H.

Juve had to settle for second place behind Barcelona in Group D and drew Spurs in the first knockout round as a result.

The Italian giants are aiming to reach a third Champions League final in four years and will hope to go one better after losing to Barca in 2014-15's showpiece and Real Madrid last term.

However, they face a big challenge against Spurs and will have to keep perhaps Europe's best striker quiet if they are to advance from their last-16 tie.

Kane has never appeared in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, nor have many of his team-mates, as Spurs could not qualify from their group last term.

Juve, though, have an experienced side, which could give them the edge over the two legs. 

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