Tottenham face an uphill task to secure their spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Following a disappointing start to their campaign, they have picked up their form with victories against PSV and Inter Milan. Tottenham have to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp to have any chance of qualifying to the last 16. Any less and they will be placed in the Europa League.
Barcelona have already secured top spot, so therefore have nothing riding on the game and can instead turn one eye to the Levante game at the Nou Camp on the weekend.
- Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha, Sergi Roberto and Malcom are all out with injuries.
- Ernesto Valverde may use this as an opportunity to rest some key players and give some youngsters a chance.
- Davinson Sanchez and Mousa Dembele remain injured for Spurs.
- Serve Aurier and Kieran Trippier are both out, which causes a real problem for the Right Back position. Expect Kyle Walker-Peters to be given a chance to impress.
- Victor Wanyama is also out and Erik Lamela is a doubt.
If I was Poch;
GK:Lloris RB: Walker-Peters CB: Vertonghen CB: Alderweireld LB: Davies CDM: Dier CDM: Winks RM: Eriksen CAM: Alli LM: Son ST: Kane
Although Barcelona may take a foot off the pedal and rest a few key players, this is still an extremely tough encounter for Spurs. Barcelona have the best squad in the world and they should have enough players to come in to pose questions to the Spurs defence.
Tottenham are really going to gung-ho in this game and I expect Barcelona to score goals on the counter attack. I really worry for Tottenham and I don’t hold high hopes.
You would expect Inter to beat PSV and even a win may not be enough for Tottenham. Phillipe Coutihno could cause problems on the left hand side and they could even target young Kyle Walker-Peters if he gets the chance to play.
I’m not expecting Tottenham to make it through to the next round unfortunately.
Barcelona 3-1 Tottenham