Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (2L) celebrates  with Barcelona's Spanish defender Gerard Pique  after scoring during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol against FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on December 8, 2018. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Barcelona Lineup to Face Tottenham in the Champions League on Tuesday

Barcelona welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Camp Nou Tuesday night - with the former already through as group winners, and the latter needing a win to progress through to the next round of the competition.


With their fate already decided, Ernesto Valverde may decide to rest key players, but do have a proud home record to protect in this competition.


The Catalan giants have yet to concede at home in the competition - let alone lose a game - and will be looking to progress to the knockout stages in considerable style. 

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (GK) -  ter Stegen is fully expected to be tested in this one with Tottenham's Harry Kane looking to fire his team to victory in a must-win encounter.


Nelson Semedo (RB) - With Sergi Roberto not expected to return until January due to a hamstring injury, Semedo has enjoyed a first team place of late and is set to continue this in the group C finale.


Gerard Piqué (CB) - Always at the heart of the Barca defence, Pique will use all his experience to halt an expected barrage of Tottenham attacks.


Clement Lenglet (CB) - Widely tipped as a long term replacement for Pique, and with Samuel Umtiti suffering from a recurring knee injury, Lenglet is expected to continue his first team spell.


Thomas Vermaelen (LB) - Replacing the ever-present Jordi Alba, ex-Arsenal man Vermaelen could be in line to make a start following his return from a hamstring injury that has kept him sidelined since October 13.

2. Midfielders

Sergio Busquets (CM) -  Always one of the first names on the team sheet for Valverde's side, the 30-year-old could be one of a handful of Barcelona regulars to feature against Spurs as Valverde looks to balance experience whilst giving fringe players a run-out.


Arturo Vidal (CM) - Looking to establish himself as a key player for Valverde, Vidal will hope to get a run out and prove his worth on Tuesday.


Ivan Rakitic (CM) - The Croatian has played in all but five minutes of Barca's Champions League campaign, netting one goal and providing two assists for his teammates.

3. Forwards

Malcolm (RW) - Chances are that Lionel Messi will sit this one out and as a result Malcolm, who has impressed in two cameo appearances, could get his first Champions League start against Spurs.


Munir El Haddadi (ST) - Having only recently returned from injury, Luis Suarez is unlikely to be risked in this unimportant affair at Camp Nou. El Haddadi could get the nod for this one - having been an unused substitute in the reverse fixture.


Ousmane Dembélé (LW) - The 21-year-old may be given the chance to continue his fine run of form since standing in for the injured Suarez.