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Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur: Visitors need to win to secure qualification

Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur: Visitors need to win to secure qualification

English side Tottenham Hotspur will arrive at Camp Nou on Tuesday evening looking to beat Barcelona and progress to the knockout stages.

8:00pm Kick Off / Tuesday 11th December / Camp Nou

Mauricio Pochettino’s side sit second in the group and only need to match Inter Milan’s result against PSV Eindhoven, but they face a daunting task against Barcelona side who have picked up some superb form of late.

The Catalan side have struggled for consistent clean sheets this term but they beat Espanyol in El Derbi on Saturday evening in excellent fashion.

Lionel Messi was tremendous as he netted twice from free kicks and assisted Luis Suarez, before Ousmane Dembele added extra gloss to the result.

Spurs know that they must get a result at the Camp Nou and they arrive having beaten Leicester City in the Premier League 2-0 at the weekend.

Team News

Ernesto Valverde is without injured quartet Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti for the welcome of Tottenham.

With top spot already wrapped up, the Barcelona boss may take this chance to rest some key players here and has confirmed that Luis Suarez will play no part.

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Indeed, Jasper Cillessen will start, as may Juan Miranda and Carles Alena, while Lionel Messi could feature from the off having played the full 90 minutes at Espanyol on Saturday.

With Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier both out, Kyle Walker-Peters should start for Tottenham.

Davinson Sanchez and Mousa Dembele are both ruled out through injury, and with Juan Foyth ineligible, Toby Alderweireld is set to feature with Jan Vertonghen at the back.

Victor Wanyama is also out and Erik Lamela are is a doubt, but has travelled, while Mauricio Pochettino may be tempted to deploy a three-man defence to accomodate Walker-Peters and Danny Rose.

Expected XI’s

Barcelona: Cillessen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Miranda, Busquets, Alena, Arthur, Coutinho, Messi, Dembele

Spurs: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Walker Pieters, Eriksen, Rose, Winks, Alli, Moura, Kane