Date: 4th October 2018 at 3:52pm
Written by:
Tottenham Hotspur
2 – 4
Barcelona

Wembley

Champions League - Group B

3/10/2018 8:00 pm

Attendance: 82137

Referee: Zwayer

Tottenham Hotspur Barcelona
Kane (52), Lamela (66) Coutinho (2), Rakitic (28), Messi (56, 90)
Lloris ter Stegen
Trippier Cabral Semedo
Alderweireld
 
Pique
Sanchez Lenglet
Davies Alba
Winks Ramos de Oliveira Melo
 
87
Wanyama
 
57 Busquets
 
91
Moura Rakitic
Lamela
 
79 Messi
Son Heung-Min 66 L Suarez
Kane
 
Coutinho 83

Substitutes

Rose D Suarez
Dier
 
57 Dembele
Walker-Peters Rafinha 83
Sissoko 66 Cillessen
Llorente 79 El Haddadi
Gazzaniga Vidal 87
Skipp Vermaelen 91

Game Statistics

9 Goal attempts 13
5 On Target 8
3 Corners 1
18 Fouls 9
5 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
39 % 61

Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of qualification from the Group stages of the Champions League were dealt another blow in yesterday evening’s Wembley based clash against Barcelona.

Having lost the opener against Inter Milan, Barcelona was always going to be a tough tie but it was a challenged we should’ve relished, and in many ways, there were positives to take from the showing.

Having quickly found ourselves behind in the game, the players dug in and goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela did give us hope, but a masterclass from Lionel Messi ultimately proved to be our undoing as he hit a brace in the second period to give them a 4-2 victory on the day.

People will pour over the game and come to their own conclusions and no doubt, Inter Milan will take on more of a missed opportunity as fans look back with qualification now difficult, but sometimes you have to accept the opposition are better and rather than pulling your hair out, it just shows how much more improvement Spurs need to make for us to truly be where fans want the club.

Treat it as a learning curve and take what we can from it and look to be better next time.

 

5 Replies to “Spirited Spurs Display Leaves Plenty With More Questions Than Answers”

  • Implication is we have improved from last time but need to improve more, its simply not true. The team that played Real Madrid last year would have given Barcelona a much harder game and maybe won. Between players getting no rest for twelve months and an injury crisis we were much weaker last night. We simply need to accept our current state and act accordingly. Make sure we win our league games, grind out a top four finish no matter what and don’t lose sleep over Europe. Then see what we can do next season.

  • Lamela is the only player at Spurs to have improved in the past year, and after five years of nothing, it was about time. As for the rest, Lloris is now a Gomes-style liability, Wanyama has become another Palacios, Rose, Davies, Dier and Alli have clearly gone backwards, and Kane has not been firing on all cylinders for months. Top four is the very most we can hope for, and it’s going to take a mighty effort even to achieve that much.

  • Cheshuntboy – Boy you write off players quickly. Kane had his best game of the season so far against Barca and seems to be getting back to his best after an initial struggle. Ali has been carrying an injury since the world cup. The fact he is finally able to rest and recover should mean he’s able to perform at his best later in the season. Lloris has had one bad game. Dier simply needs rest, again thank the world cup. The question with Wanyama is his fitness not his ability. Rose is actually playing better than he was last season though not at the level he was playing at before the injury, could go either way. I am really getting fed up with people criticising Davies in vague terms without actually saying what he’s doing wrong. Its always hard to get top four, if it was easy everyone would do it.

  • The result was a bit of a humbling along with our inability to shackle Messi. That said, we are not playing great at the minute and I think ironically we’ll do better at Camp Nou. Lloris is having a difficult time and off the pitch, but I think we need to support him throughout. He is one of the best and the blunders in this game were uncharacteristic in my view. Winks’ post-match interview on BT was fairly good assessment, but I was pleased at his disappointment and assertion that we were playing to win. He didn’t hide behind the injuries or Messi’s brilliance

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