Tottenham v Barcelona: Spurs must win, says Danny Rose

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Dele Alli has scored three Champions League goals for Tottenham

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Tottenham must beat Barcelona in the Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday, says Spurs defender Danny Rose.

Tottenham lost 2-1 at Inter Milan in their opening game after conceding twice in the last five minutes.

“We’re all bitterly disappointed from how the Milan game finished,” said Rose.

“We have to win. We’re fully aware of that. We’ve proved that we can do it. At the minute we’re winning ugly.”

Defeat by Inter was Spurs’ third in a row, but they have since won three successive games to climb to fourth in the Premier League and reach the Carabao Cup fourth round.

Spanish champions Barcelona have taken only two points from their past three games in La Liga, having salvaged a point with a late equaliser at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

They beat PSV 4-0 in their Champions League opener this month, when Lionel Messi scored a record eighth hat-trick in the competition.

Barcelona won their most recent Champions League title at Wembley in 2011.

Spurs will be without midfielder Dele Alli, who has a recurring hamstring problem.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said he may rest some players after Saturday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield.

Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele, who were taken off at half-time, will be assessed for muscular injuries.

“In the Premier League it is very tough and physical,” said Pochettino. “We had to make a few changes during the Huddersfield game but football is about the squad.

“We need to make sure every player feels important.”

Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama, who came on at half-time at the John Smith’s Stadium, could start against Barcelona.

MATCH FACTS

  • Barcelona have lost just one of their last 11 Champions League matches against English clubs (W8 D2). However they are without a win in their last two visits to England in the competition (D1 L1), a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last season and a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in 2016/17.
  • This will be only the third ever match between Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, and the first since April 1982 in the semi-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup, which Barcelona won 2-1 on aggregate.
  • Spurs won all three home games in last season’s Champions League group stage, scoring three goals in each match.
  • Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has won only once in nine previous meetings with Barcelona as a manager in all competitions (D3 L5), all with former club Espanyol.
  • Away from home, Barcelona have won just one of their last seven Champions League games (D3 L3), a 1-0 win over Portuguese side Sporting CP in last season’s group stage.
  • Spurs have only drawn one of their 12 home games in the Champions League (W7 D1 L4), with that coming back in March 2011 against AC Milan (0-0).
  • Harry Kane has scored nine goals in 11 Champions League appearances, however only 33% of those have come at home (3/9).
  • Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi has scored more goals (20) and provided more assists (6) against English clubs in the Champions League than against sides from any other nation.
  • Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has been directly involved in six goals in his last three appearances against Tottenham in all competitions (four goals, two assists), all with Liverpool in the Premier League between March 2013 and March 2014.
  • Gerard Pique could make his 100th Champions League appearance, becoming the 10th Spaniard to reach this landmark. In fact, more Spanish players have played 100+ games in the Champions League than any other nationality.



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