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Barcelona v Tottenham: Match Preview
Tottenham’s prospects of reaching the Champions League knockout stage have gone from unthinkable to conceivable after a late rally in group B.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men will progress should they match Inter’s result against PSV, but they face one of the sternest tests in European football against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Spurs set up the tantalising do-or-die clash in Catalonia after back-to-back wins against PSV and Inter at Wembley after picking up only one point from their opening three European fixtures.
Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona, champions of Europe in 2015, have already won group B – but the former Spain boss has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal, including five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Magical Messi scored twice when Barcelona edged out Spurs 4-2 in the reverse fixture in London on Matchday 2 in a game which included an astounding volley from Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić.
In fact, the diminutive Argentine has scored 22 goals in 29 games against English sides in the Champions League, averaging a goal every 114 minutes.
Tottenham’s European travails showed no signs of improving when they laboured to a 2-2 draw against PSV in Eindhoven in their next fixture after their humbling at the hands of Messi and company, leaving them marooned in third position in the group.
However, they beat Mark van Bommel’s side in the reverse meeting at Wembley, despite looking down and out with just 12 minutes remaining on the clock as they trailed 1-0 to Luuk de Jong's early strike.
As has so often been the case in Europe in the past few seasons, Harry Kane was their saviour, with the skipper's late brace leaving them three points adrift of Inter.
Christian Eriksen then took up the baton from Kane against 2010 winners Inter three weeks later.
The Dane's late winner condemned the Italians to their second defeat in the group – a result which drew Spurs level on points with Luciano Spalletti’s side.
Ahead of the mouth-watering conclusion to group B, Tottenham occupy second position because they have a superior head-to-head record against the Italians, meaning that if the two sides are level on points, it is the Londoners who will qualify.
Only seven teams in history have qualified with one point from their first three matches, and with Tottenham’s hopes on a knife edge, they will have to do what many of their Premier League counterparts could not.
English sides’ all-time record away at Barcelona makes grim reading for Spurs fans.
On only two occasions has an English team won at the home of the 25-time La Liga winners – 11 matches have ended in a draw.
They have scored 27 and conceded 87, with an overall win percentage of 5%.
Tottenham may be third in the Premier League table after winning 11 and losing four of their opening 15 fixtures, but their fortunes have fluctuated against familiar foes in recent weeks.
After subjecting Chelsea to their first defeat of the season at Wembley – prompting Eriksen to declare Spurs the best team in London – they lost a frenetic north London derby to Arsenal at the Emirates.
Whether they have the freshness and guile to cap a gruelling couple of weeks on a high remains to be seen.
But if extra motivation was needed for Pochettino, he might, in a quiet moment before the game, reflect on how his opposite number is responsible for effectively ending his playing career.
When Ernesto Valverde took charge of Barcelona's city rivals Espanyol in the summer of 2006, one of the first decisions he made was to freeze the Argentine out.
Valverde believed the centre-back had undermined his predecessor, Miguel Angel Lotina.
An emotional Pochettino, who always denied the claim, subsequently confirmed his departure in a highly charged press conference and never played another professional game.
How sweet it would be, then, for Pochettino to figuratively plant Tottenham's flag in the centre of the Nou Camp pitch and join his former manager in the last 16.
His team have climbed off the canvas and the only place to see whether they can land a knockout blow and complete a remarkable comeback is BT Sport.
Barcelona v Tottenham: Team News
Valverde has confirmed that Luis Suarez will not feature at the Nou Camp. He will also be without forward Malcom after the Brazilian picked up an ankle injury.
The 21-year-old joins Rafinha (cruciate), Samuel Umtiti (knee), Sergi Roberto (hamstring), and Arthur (knee) on the injury list.
Pochettino could be without his first and second-choice right-backs for the crunch tie after Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier sustained minor injuries. Kyle Walker-Peters, who extended his contract at Spurs until 2023 at the weekend, may be forced to step in.
Juan Foyth is not in the Champions League squad and Erik Lamela (thigh), Mousa Dembele (ankle), Victor Wanyama (knee) and Davinson Sanchez (hamstring) are still sidelined.
Barcelona v Tottenham: The Managers
“All is possible in football. We have big respect for Barcelona. They are one of the best teams in Europe and have unbelievable players. It will be so tough. But one thing we have is belief and faith that we can win.
“Of course we have to show again a great level and compete at our best. To arrive in Barcelona and compete we will need fresh legs, fresh minds and no injuries. We need to manage that and rotate the squad. Demands are so tough. Every three days playing games is so tough.”
“Our club respects the Champions League and faces every game to get the most out of it. I will make choices in relation to our own interests, not those of Inter.”
Barcelona v Tottenham: Key Stats
Barcelona are unbeaten in their previous three meetings with Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions, winning the last two. They defeated Spurs 4-2 at Wembley Stadium on MD2 this season.
Barcelona have lost just one of their last 12 Champions League meetings with English clubs (W9 D2 L1), with that defeat coming in November 2016 at Manchester City (1-3).
Since the start of 1976-77, Barcelona have lost just one of their 30 European home matches against English clubs; this coming against Liverpool in February 2007 (1- 2).
Matchday six is the only matchday in the Champions League group stages that Tottenham have never lost on, winning two and drawing one of their three games.
Barcelona have won their Champions League group for the 12th consecutive season. However, the winner of Group B has only won the Champions League once (Real Madrid in 2013-14).
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 28 home Champions League games (W26 D2). They’ve scored 87 goals in that run, while conceding just 13 and never more than once in a match.
Tottenham are winless away from home in the Champions League this season (D1 L1) – they’ve won at least two away points in every previous Champions League group stage.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has scored seven goals in his seven Champions League away games.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been involved in 28 goals (22 goals, 6 assists) in 29 Champions League appearances against English clubs.
- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals against English clubs in the Champions League; 10 more than any other player (Cristiano Ronaldo, 12 goals).
Barcelona v Tottenham: Head-to-head
Prior to Barcelona's 4-2 win at Wembley in October, the duo have only met in the 1982 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals in competitive matches. Following a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, Allan Simonsen's strike in the second leg sent the Catalans into the final.
Barcelona v Tottenham: Match Odds
All odds correct with Bet365 at the time of writing.