In Focus: The team performance

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

For the first time ever, we are forced to do two separate In Focus segments, but in truth we could have done different ones for a number of those players out there tonight.

Tottenham took on a near-impossible task a few weeks ago when they sat on just one point from their opening three Champions League games.

From that position, they would likely have to win their final three games to seal knockout qualification in second place.

They passed stage one and two with flying colours, beating both PSV and Inter Milan to set up a bumper final game at the Nou Camp.

Spurs would then have to match Inter Milan’s score line on the night, and thanks to PSV they did exactly that.

Tottenham went behind early on against a weakened Barca team, but never gave up and lied down for a second.

They fought for the full ninety minutes to claw their way back into the game, despite missing chance after chance.

On another night they could have had three or four, but it took until the dying minutes for Lucas Moura to tap in Harry Kane’s pull back.

The defence tonight was immense, even Kyle Walker-Peters after his early error.

Danny Rose was back to his peak form, driving down that left hand side.

Harry Winks was a bulldog in the centre of the park, and Moussa Sissoko put in a tireless performance in midfield, right wing, and even right back.

Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen were constantly looking to unlock the door, with Kane, Son and Lucas not losing faith despite missing a host of chances.

Even Lamela came on to make a huge difference to the side, one of a few good substitutions that Poch has to take the credit for.

Spurs were a team out there tonight, in the face of adversity, and tough uphill climb, and even when the ball just wouldn’t go in the net, they crumbled that Barca defence until it did.


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