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Fan rant of the day: No better time for Tottenham to face Barcelona than right now



Harry Kane of Tottenham scores against Barcelona

Harry Kane against Barcelona

It all comes down to this. Tottenham made a bit of a meal of their Champions League group, but we still have our fate in our own hands.

All we have to do is defeat Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Although that sounds like a mammoth task, Tottenham have more than a decent chance of getting one over the La Liga giants.

Of course, Inter Milan can make things easy for us and lose to PSV, but when have things ever been simple for us?

Spurs lost the reverse fixture at Wembley but Barcelona have some problems which we could exploit. This Catalan side isn’t as imperious or impenetrable as those with Carles Puyol working his socks off at the back.

Barcelona have conceded 19 goals from just 15 La Liga ties, and they even lost to Real Betis at home, which should give us some hope.

Harry Kane scores for Tottenham against Arsenal

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring against Arsenal

Further, we seem to be in great shape with some players being rested in the win over Leicester City. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen did not start against the Foxes, and the pair should face the La Liga giants on Tuesday.

Barcelona, on the other hand, have to be a little careful with their side.

Changes in starting XI for Barcelona?

Ideally, the Catalans would play all their big guns but it doesn’t really make sense at this stage of the competition.

The La Liga leaders have qualified for the next round of the competition and will top the group, even if they lose the tie.

Luis Suarez of Barcelona

Luis Suarez

Further, they have several players out injured like Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha, Malcom and Sergi Roberto. Luis Suarez only recently came back from injury, and risking him in a dead-rubber doesn’t really make sense.

Barcelona will still be competitive, there are no doubts about that. No club would want to lose a tie in front of their home crowd, and the Catalans still have quality in their side that can hurt us.

However, Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the Catalans not making it easy for us, and we have to go with the right attitude in this clash.

Lapses from any of the players will be exploited by the Catalans but a number of our stars seem to be hitting form at the right time.

Son Heung-min

Dele Alli and Son Heung-min scored in our win over the Foxes, and we seem to be seeing the best of the South Korean.

Harry Kane can run rings around the best defences in the world, but the team as a whole needs to play as it did against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

Read more: Former Tottenham star claims this Barcelona star will play in the final UCL group game

Tottenham have the players, the manager and the belief to get the job done at the Nou Camp. We were excellent against Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund last season, and this is another chance for us to prove that we are capable of handling the pressure.

Bring on the Nou Camp!


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