Tottenham vs Barcelona
Tottenham take on Barcelona on Tuesday in a must-win tie for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Spurs head into their final Champions League group game second in Group B.
Tottenham have won two, drawn one and lost two and sit on seven points heading into the game.
However, Inter Milan, who are 3rd in Spurs group, are also on seven points and like Tottenham, they have a goal difference of -1.
Inter’s last group game sees them take on 4th place PSV.
PSV have earned just one point from their five games this season.
So, it is very likely Inter Milan will beat them. Therefore, to qualify, Tottenham will likely need to beat Barca by whatever score Inter beat PSV by.
That is no easy task as Barca have not lost a group game this season. But it is being reported that Barca will not play Luis Suarez on Tuesday, which is a huge boost for Spurs.
Valverde says changes are likely but Barça will respect the competition. Luis Suarez will not play.
— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) December 10, 2018
Spurs injury update
While Suarez not playing is good for Spurs, they are dealing with some injuries heading into the game.
Kieran Trippier has missed Tottenham’s last couple of games with an injury which is still persisting, meaning the full-back has not travelled with Tottenham for the Barca game.
Serge Aurier would replace Trippier in Tottenham’s last game vs Leicester but he too would then suffer an injury.
Erik Lamela [thigh] is back in contention for Tottenham, but Serge Aurier and Kieran Trippier have not travelled which means Walker-Peters is expected to start against Barcelona. Sanchez, Dembele, Foyth and Wanyama will also miss the Champions League tie. #COYS
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 10, 2018
As a result, Spurs are being forced to play Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back vs Barca.
Walker-Peters has played just 12 minutes in the league this season.
However, Pochettino has complete faith in the 21-year-old:
“It will make him stronger than before. I don’t have doubts. I want to remind you that a year ago he won the U20 WC in Korea.”
#thfc Poch says KWP will play right-back tomorrow. “It will make him stronger than before. I don’t have doubts. I want to remind you that a year ago he won the U20 WC in Korea.”
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) 10 December 2018