Tottenham since ten years the top teams of the Premier League, was never worse than sixth place. Similar to the reliability of the disappointments in the Europe Cup, especially in tight games, the Spurs met regularly to their limits. Now, the Team of coach Mauricio Pochettino after a 1:1 has been achieved at FC Barcelona in the first knockout round of the Champions League. “It is so important for the club, we have done that,” said Pochettino after the game.

last year, Tottenham, after a strong group stage even in the second round, failed there however, to Juventus. In the year before the Spurs playful in Monaco qualifying for the knockout stages. 2016 and 2015 was in the Europa League final, as soon as you hit a standing opponent. 2018 could finally decide a close decision, the Tottenham.


“I was calm, because I have always believed in my team,” said Pochettino. Be part of a Team in the Champions League had been insufficient time away so far, twice. In Milan, you were nearing the end of a 1:0 from the Hand and lost, in Eindhoven, the Team began the final phase of the compensation. Maybe the rest of the Argentine was also the fact that Barcelona is a place for him more home than Away. Here, Pochettino had played on his first foreign station at the Ortsrivalen Espanyol and his coaching career started, his two sons were born in Barcelona, even a house he still owns in the city, in which he allows as often as his schedule will return.

Weak Start, later compensation

in Spite of all the biographical proximity started the game once again as it was so far, Spurs in big Games. A weak free-kick from Christian Eriksen in the penalty box was blocked and the Ex-Dortmund Ousmane Dembélé was at the counter newcomer Kyle Walker Starting line-up look-Peter and Harry Winks old and overcame goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The residue, after seven minutes, paralyzed the legs of the guests, in Barcelona, reinforced B-Eleven (without Lionel Messi, Marc-André ter Stegen, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Luis Suarez and Sergio Busquets) played Pochettinos team now.

But after half an hour Spurs were liberated and came through Heung-Min Son, Eriksen, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko to great opportunities. Barça’s goalkeeper Jesper Cillessen, however, showed a strong performance. In the case of the hosts, Messi came in the game, Philippe Coutinho hit the post twice, the game rage like a heavy weight Boxing match in the twelfth round.

The decisive Punch to put then in the 85. Minute of Lucas Moura, met assist by Kane to compensate for changed. That point had achieved the same Inter against PSV in the meantime, the 1:1 and the Spurs needed this hit necessarily, was by no means all, of the players. “We did not know how it is in the other game, so we have made it easy to always keep up the pressure,” said Kane. The goal was the last of the upsets, a game that kept even after the final whistle of their drama.

The view to Milan

which would mean this is a draw now, decided in Milan. Like Kane, most of the starting eleven players of the Spurs did not know how it is in the parallel game. The substitute, however, were informed and talked to their teammates and on the Bank’s remaining watched live over the phone the past scenes from Milan. There it stayed 1:1, which, in view of the travelling 4500 followers to a never-ending Joy. “When I heard the Fans, I knew we did it,” said Lloris.

Pochettino himself knew how a Triumph in the Camp Nou to the touch: in 2009, he won his first Derby as coach of the table last Espanyol against the back of Pep Guardiola trained top riders, otherwise there were for him only low – nine pieces in total. Because this series ended, the Spurs, despite only a point after three group games when the draw for the Champions League knockout stage on Monday.

There, Pochettino could make as the Second to a Team where he was traded in the past few years as a coach: Real Madrid. Sooner or later, Pochettino had to go to a club where trophies are won, the opinion of the experts. Because as a true title contender, the Spurs will not apply either in England or internationally – that will not change through the important draw in Pochettinos second home.

FC Barcelona – Tottenham Hotspur 1:1 (1:1)
1:0 Dembélé (7.)
1:1 Lucas Moura (85.)
Barcelona : Cillesen – Nelson Semedo, Lenglet, Vermaelen, Miranda – Alena – Rakitic (45. Busquets), Arthur – Dembelé (76. Denis Suarez), Munir (63. Messi), Coutinho
Tottenham: Lloris – Walker-Peters (61. Lamela), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, D. Rose – Sissoko, Winks (83. Llorente) – Eriksen, Alli, Son Of (71. Lucas Moura) – H. Kane
Milorad Mazic
Yellow cards: Semedo / Walker-Peters
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