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Barcelona visit Wembley for a tough test: Wednesday Night’s Champions League Review

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ANOTHER DREADFUL RESULT?

Wednesday’s champion’s league fixture features Barcelona making the long trip to Wembley. The away side are in not too good shape heading into this game. Still on top of the La Liga table although this is their longest winning streak for almost two years. This poor show of form has also heralded much criticism from their own supporters. Over the weekend club manager took a huge gamble on Messi considering the big game coming up in midweek. The Barcelona skipper came off the bench to help his team secure a point in a hard-fought game.

Could Barcelona prove a point?

After such a nightmare of a week, the Spanish giants would be grateful to be leaving for a few days. Nevertheless, the challenge that awaits them is pretty huge. Barcelona is quite aware of their poor away record in the champions league matches in recent years. Surely they would be desperate to make a statement. They have won just 1 of their last seven away matches in the competition, with just 2 goals secured in the process.

Against the elite teams in the competition, they have been completely dominated in the midfield. In 2016 Manchester City did defeat them by 3-1, they also did lose to PSG 4-0 and 3 nil at both Juventus and Roma.
This would be the first chance they would have to show how much of a threat they can be as an away team to other Europeans. If they are going to succeed in their main objective to win the champions league, they would have to show a better display of strength in their away matches.

Their opponents

Tottenham

It’s been slightly over one year since Tottenham was reaching for Europe’s top club spot. They defeated Apoel in the first game, defeated Borussia Dortmund home and away. Spurs also got 4 points off eventual winners Real Madrid over 2 legs. They did top the group before losing the next round to Juventus. This time out they find themselves in the same group with PSV, Barcelona and Inter Milan. The latter made a dramatic comeback on match day 1 as Tottenham failed to hold on to their lead.
Fortunately for Spurs they would be facing a Barcelona side that drew over the weekend, lost to Leganes and prior to that, drew at home to Girona. The Catalan giants may be professionals but these results would definitely have an effect on them. They are coming up against a Tottenham side that won all three of their home matches in the group stage.

key stats

• Barcelona has lost just one of their last 11 matches against English teams, but are also without a win in their last 2 visits to England.
• Pochettino has won just one of his nine previous meetings with Barcelona.
• Tottenham also won all three of their home games in the champion’s league group stage last season. They also found the back of the net exactly three times in each match.
• Barcelona has won only one of their last seven champion’s league away match.

Pick

Both teams to score

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