Champions League: Tottenham vs. Barcelona team news, starting XIs, TV channel
Harry Kane and Lionel Messi go head-to-head at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona
- What: Champions League group B matchday two
- When: Wednesday 3 October
- Where: Wembley Stadium, London
- Kick-off: 8pm (UK time)
- TV channel: live on BT Sport 2
When Tottenham face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight all eyes will be on the clubs’ two star strikers. Both will be hoping to fire their team to victory at Wembley Stadium.
The group B clash marks the first time that Spurs striker Harry Kane and Barcelona icon Lionel Messi will go head-to-head.
After losing to Inter Milan two weeks ago, Spurs will be looking for a positive result to boost their hopes of qualifying from the group. Meanwhile, Barca come into the game after beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 and Messi netting a hat-trick.
With five Ballon d’Or wins and 560 goals in 646 matches for Barca, Argentine Messi has “set the standard” says England captain Kane, who took home the golden boot at this year’s World Cup in Russia.
Kane has revealed his admiration for the No.10 and hopes to one day emulate his achievements. But first Spurs have to stop Messi at Wembley.
“He’s definitely set the standard for the rest of us and it motivates me to get even better,” Kane told the BBC. “Hopefully one day I can score as many, if not more, than he has.
“Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone above the norm, when they’re scoring 50 or 60 goals a season.
“As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that. We will do our best to stop him.”
Team news and possible starting XIs
Tottenham face Barcelona tonight for the first time since 1982. They will have to take on the La Liga giants without midfielders Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele. Also missing are defenders Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Spurs are “not having good luck with injuries” but captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could return after recovering from a thigh injury.
Goal.com reports that Barca will be without Sergi Roberto (injured) and Samuel Umtiti (suspended). Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique could start as the central defence partnership.
Possible starting XIs
How the teams could line up at Wembley, according to talkSPORT.
- Tottenham possible starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Wanyama, Dier; Lamela, Lucas, Son; Kane
- Barcelona possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez, Dembele
How to watch the match on TV
The Tottenham vs. Barcelona clash will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Coverage starts at 7pm and the match kicks off at 8pm.
Champions League results, fixtures and TV guide
Last night’s results
Group E AEK Athens 2 Benfica 3 Bayern Munich 1 Ajax 1
Group F Hoffenheim 1 Manchester City 2 Lyon 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 2
Group G CSKA Moscow 1 Real Madrid 0 Roma 5 Viktoria Plzen 0
Group H Juventus 3 Young Boys 0 Manchester United 0 Valencia 0
Tonight’s fixtures (all times UK)
Group A Atletico Madrid vs. Club Brugge (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 3) Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 2)
Group B PSV Eindhoven vs. Inter Milan (8pm, live on BT Sport ESPN) Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona (8pm, live on BT Sport 2)
Group C Paris Saint-Germain vs. Red Star Belgrade (5.55pm, live on BT Sport 1) Napoli vs. Liverpool (8pm, live on BT Sport 3)
Group D Lokomotiv Moscow vs. FC Schalke 04 (5.55pm, live on BT Sport ESPN) FC Porto vs. Galatasaray (8pm, live on BT Sport Extra 4)