Udinese of Italy defender, William Troost-Ekong has tipped a club from the Italian Serie A to create a huge impact and go far in this season’s UEFA Champions League, as gathered by footballlive.ng.
Troost-Ekong offered his projections ahead of Tuesday’s opening day of the campaign, as he noted that Italian clubs usually have strong defenders, who tend to be tough on their opponents.
The former Haugesund of Denmark, KAA Gent of Belgium and Bursaspor of Turkey central defender opined further that many of the Serie A club’s defences would be hard to break down, due to the number of hard men they line out at the back.
He used Tuesday’s San Siro battle between Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur as a reference point, in which the Holland-born stopper reckoned that his former youth team pal, Harry Kane would find the going tough.
Troost-Ekong was once a teammate of Kane during his time with the Spurs youth team in London, and says he is delighted that the striker has made great strides in his career.
Kane, who skippers England’s senior team, was top scorer at this year’s World Cup, with six goals, and has hit target twice in five games this season in the English Premier League, but Troost-Ekong says the UCL is a different ball game altogether.
”In general it is never easy in Europe to face an Italian team for a striker, because there are great defenders. Tottenham-Inter I will sit on the sofa and I will enjoy this duel,” the Super Eagles stopper sounded.