Mauricio Pochettino has named his Tottenham Hotspur side for tonight’s tough test against Barcelona.
Tottenham go into the game knowing that they need to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven if they are to proceed to the knockout stages of the competition. Should they fail to do so, they will still be in Europe but will instead play in the Europa League.
A poor start to the European campaign has cost Spurs who lost their first two Group B games, going down 2-1 at Inter before that 4-2 home loss to Barça, their heaviest home defeat in the UEFA Champions League and joint heaviest in Europe. A 2-2 draw at PSV Eindhoven extended their winless European run to five fixtures, before Wembley wins against PSV (2-1) and Inter (1-0).
Barcelona have now finished first in their UEFA Champions League group on a record 20 occasions – four times more than Real Madrid. If they avoid defeat against Tottenham it will be the 12th time they have gone through a group undefeated, also a competition record.
This is who starts at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona: Cillessen; Semedo, Vermaelen, Lenglet, Miranda; Rakitic, Aleñá, Arthur, Munir, Dembélé, Coutinho
Subs: Ter Stegen, Pique, Busquets, Denis Suarez, Messi, Alba, Vidal
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Davies, Skipp, Lamela, Lucas, Llorente
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