The final week of group stage action in this season’s Champions League will give us a high-profile matchup between Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou, with one very important prize at stake for one of the sides involved in this game.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Time: 3PM ET
TV Channel: TNT
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For the home team, this is one of the most unimportant European games they have played in recent memory. Barcelona had a fabulous group stage campaign, with four wins and a draw to clinch first place with scary ease. The Catalan giants are already qualified for the knockout stage, and while coach Ernesto Valverde has promised to make changes to his usual starting team to give younger players some valuable minutes in Europe, Lionel Messi is going to play. And that means Barça always has a chance to win.
For Spurs, the stakes could not be any higher: they absolutely must win to make sure they’ll finish in second place to claim a spot in the Round of 16. If they get a point, they’ll have to hope PSV Eindhoven also draw against Inter Milan in the other game in this group. But Inter is playing at home and are the more talented squad, so the only way for Spurs to ensure they don’t need to pay attention to what’s happening in Italy is to go to Camp Nou and walk out with a famous victory.
This should be a fantastic game for two simple reasons: Spurs really need to win, and Lionel Messi will be playing. After Messi’s double-free kick masterpiece at the weekend against cross-town rivals Espanyol, there’s an inkling that the man is out to prove that his fifth-place finish in the Ballon d’Or was the highest of insults, and he’ll destroy anyone in his path to prove he deserved better. That should be enough to get you excited, and to tune into this and other top Champions League matches live with fuboTV, simply sign up now and enjoy a free trial.
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