Tottenham plan against Barcelona: “Keep Messi away from goal”

FC Barcelona has been waiting for a win for three games. An unusual feeling for the Catalans. Now the hard way to Tottenham awaits them.

London – Tottenham are already under a lot of pressure before the Champions League’s hits against FC Barcelona. The English gave up all their points against Inter Milan in the final, while Barcelona lost Eindhoven 4-0. But the Barca engine is currently stuttering, Ernesto Valverde’s side have been without victory in the Spanish championship for three games.

Lionel Messi had to slip into the unusual role of the calmer. After a 1-1 defeat of Athletic Bilbao, the third game in a row without any sense of achievement, the Argentinian tried to calm down. The season is still long, Barca has a strong team with strong games, said Messi, who should actually be spared for the upcoming CL game. But because it didn’t work out for his colleagues, he had to be the joker – and prepared the equaliser by Munir.

Mauricio Pochettino Honours

Player
Newell’s Old Boys

  • Primera División: 1990–91, Clausura 1992

Espanyol

  • Copa del Rey: 1999–2000, 2005–06

Manager
Individual

  • Premier League Manager of the Month: October 2013, September 2015, February 2016, April 2017

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At London’s Wembley Stadium, the Catalans now hope to show their CL face again. PSV Eindhoven, on the other hand, were not the real yardstick for the 4-0 win, including three Messi goals. “If we win, it looks very good. If we lose, it would be very bad,” Valverde outlined the starting position. “We know that if we win, we’d make a big step towards the round of sixteen.”

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino, a club icon for Barca’s local rival Espanyol after over 200 games, is of course particularly motivated. “It’s always nice to win a game, but all the more so against Barcelona. It would mean a lot to us.” Cadoola Casino offers a wide range of games and offers a welcome bonuses upon registration!

The Argentinian is considered one of the hottest stocks on the coaching market. From time to time he is said to be interested by Real Madrid. He would never train his future opponent, said Pochettino. “Our paths go in different directions. It’s impossible for me to train in Barcelona.”

Pochettino is particularly fond of his opponent: “For me, Messi is still the best player in the world and will be until the end of his career.” He’s not even trying to find a solution against his compatriot. “I think that’s impossible.” His team has to try to stay a lot in the opposing half – also to keep Messi away from his own goal. “If we can’t do that, it’ll be terrible.”

Napoli already under pressure to move

It was clear to Napoli after the draw for Hammer Group C with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool that any point could be decisive. All the more disappointing was the 0:0 for the sky blue at the opening match of the Salzburg conquerors Red Star Belgrade.

The form barometer before the home game against Liverpool does not necessarily speak for the eleven of coach Carlo Ancelotti. While the South Italians lost the top game at Juventus Turin with 1:3, Liverpool still managed a 1:1 win at Chelsea. Before that, Jürgen Klopp’s team had won everything in the league. In the parallel game, PSG are facing a classic compulsory victory after their late 3-2 defeat in Liverpool at home to Red Star.

Schalke 04 is guest in Group D with Guido Burgstaller at Lok Moscow. Alessandro Schöpf, last gold goal scorer in the first league victory of the “Königsblauen”, did not take part in the trip to the Russian capital due to the flu. In Group A, Germany’s leaders Borussia Dortmund are the clear favourites against AS Monaco, who started the season with a miserable start, and could increase their chances of qualifying for the round of sixteen once again after their opening win, just like Atletico Madrid (receiving Bruges).

Reus penalty saves BVB! Favre: “Are through, only that counts”

Much risked, long trembled – Borussia Dortmund only reached the round of sixteen in the DFB Cup with great difficulty. The district club, weakened by extensive rotation, beat the second league team Union Berlin 3:2 (2:2, 1:0) in the duel of the undefeated only after extra time.

Thanks to the goals of Christian Pulisic (40th minute), Maximilian Philipp (73rd) and Marco Reus (120th/Foule penalty), the Bundesliga champions remained undefeated in front of 72,732 spectators in Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, even without much glamour in the 14th compulsory match under the direction of Lucien Favre.

The BVB coach after the match: “It was very difficult to play against this team and destabilize them. In the end, we’re through, that’s all that matters.”

On the other hand, the visitors had to accept the first defeat of the season despite the two-time equalizer by Sebastian Polter (63./88.). In the hectic final phase, defender Marvin Friedrich saw the yellow-red card.

Maximilian PhilippHonours

Club
SC Freiburg

  • 2. Bundesliga: 2015–16

International
Germany

  • UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2017

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In view of the continuing chase, Favre decided on an extensive rotation and ordered in comparison to 2:2 four days ago against Hertha BSC seven new professionals into the team. Even the indispensable Marco Reus and Axel Witsel were sitting on the bench, Mario Götze was not in the squad because of a cold.

This XXL conversion did not pass the team without a trace. At the beginning there was little to see of the fast attacking football of the past weeks. Similar to the 2nd cup round two years ago at the same location, which had only been decided in favour of BVB in the penalty shootout, the “Eisernen” proved to be an uncomfortable opponent.

In the 24th and 25th minute alone, the guests had three good chances through Robert Zulj, Christopher Lenz and Florian Hübner to take the lead. On the other hand, the higher-ranking team from Dortmund had for a long time only once seen a real goalscoring chance when Maximilian Philipp Union-Keeper tested Rafal Gikiewicz (10th).

Despite a poor performance until then, the BVB scored 1-0: Pulisic was on the spot after a remarkable cross from Mahmoud Dahoud and a header from Shinji Kagawa and pushed the ball over the line from a short distance. This was a happy lead, especially as Kenny Prince Redondo from Berlin hit the crossbar just two minutes later.

At the beginning of the second half, the BVB increased their pace, but missed out on a 2-0 shot from Raphael Guerreiro (52), who was substituted for the injured Abdou Diallo. This was to pay off eleven minutes later: The recently substituted Polter brought his team back into the game with the equalizer. But the joy of the Berliners lasted only a short time. With a tight shot after Pulisic’s pass, Philipp took the lead again for the favourite, but not yet for the victory. Polter saved his team with a header two minutes before the supposed end into extra time.Cyber Club Casino is an online casino site with a classy new design including high-definition graphics and an easy to navigate theme.

With the substitution of the top performers Reus (79.), Witsel (86.) and Jadon Sancho (90.) Favre tried to avert the imminent disaster. With success: After Friedrich’s foul on Pulisic, the referee Guido Winkmann decided on the penalty kick, which Reus turned safely.