Lloris returns: Tottenham vs Barcelona preview and confirmed team news

first_imgWhat the managers are sayingMauricio Pochettino (Tottenham): “It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries. We are not victims though. We must feel strong. Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want.”Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona): “We know that they have injuries, but we expect the best from them and we are aware of their strength in attack and defence. When the draw came out, we expected tough games and we know this one is going to be very hard and difficult for us.”Team newsSpurs are definitely without Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele, with all five out of action until after the international break.Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was a doubt but returns from injury to captain the side.Samuel Umtiti will miss out for Barca as he serves a suspension and Sergi Roberto is injured. 2 This week’s talkSPORT commentaries One of the biggest match-ups of this week’s Champions League action comes on Wednesday evening as Tottenham host Barcelona on at their temporary home of Wembley.This is something of a must-win match for Spurs after their last-gasp defeat at Inter on Champions League matchday one. Hoffenheim vs Man City (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENAston Villa vs Preston (Tuesday, October 2) – CLICK TO LISTENNapoli vs Liverpool (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENSheffield Wednesday vs West Brom (Wednesday, October 3) – CLICK TO LISTENQarabag vs Arsenal (Thursday, October 4) – CLICK TO LISTEN It is expected the Lilywhites and Inter are fighting it out to finish second behind Barca in Group B, and they don’t want to fall further behind the Italian side in the race to reach the knockout rounds.Ernesto Valverde’s Barca began their European campaign excellently, with Lionel Messi hitting a hat-trick and Ousmane Dembele also scoring in a 4-0 thrashing of PSV Eindhoven.However, they have failed to win any their three league games since the defeat of PSV, losing at Leganes and being held to home draws by Girona and Athletic Club.Spurs appear to have overcome their own period of patchy form by winning their last two Premier League fixtures, but Barcelona will prove a much tougher test than Brighton or Huddersfield. 2center_img Spurs conceded twice inside the final five minutes to lose their Champions League opener to Internazionale of Milan #THFC: Lloris (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Wanyama, Winks, Lucas, Lamela, Son, Kane. Latest @WilliamHill odds – https://t.co/2JP0S9zEYd pic.twitter.com/uyXBmKFSkE— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018 Confirmed line-ups Umtiti was dismissed during Barca’s defeat of PSV 💪 Barça XI🔵🔴 #SpursBarça pic.twitter.com/jd36JV9VOz— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 3, 2018last_img read more

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