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NextGen Series: Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Barcelona

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It was a disappointing result at White Hart Lane with defeat to the Catalan giants, although fans would not be displeased with the performance from The Young Lilywhites.

Tottenham Hotspur were dealt a cruel lesson in clinicality after a well fought game with Barcelona swayed the way of the Catalans in a 2-0 loss at White Hart Lane. It was an impressive turnout at the ground and the crowd were in raucous mood for the highly anticipated game between Spurs and Barca, widely considered the greatest developer of youth talent currently on the planet.

It was a Tottenham namesake who did the goal-scoring punishment, with Spanish attacker Sandro scoring both goals for La Masia.

The result was a reflection only of Barcelona’s ability to turn sweet and cute short possession football into the end product of goals in an even affair. The first half started in such manner with the first chance a bizarre one after Barcelona’s Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph Ondoa misplaced pass rebounded off Tottenham striker Souleymane Coulibaly and almost embarrassingly into the net.

Spurs did well to control the hotly tipped Sergi Samper in the Barcelona midfield but Adama on the wing was becoming an increasing threat for the Catalan side and he eventually created the opening goal, sprinting past Kevin Stewart and delivering a low cross that was intelligently tucked away by Sandro into the far corner.

Tottenham pressed with the threatening Alexander McQueen advancing throughout while Alex Pritchard pulled the strings and Coulibaly toiled for space both having late first period opportunities.

However it was the combination of pace from Adama and Alain Ebwelle that was the most potent in the second half and kept Spurs inside their own half with Sandro having another chance.

After all the impressive passing the second goal was out of character compared to the rest of the fixture as Barcelona went long for a goal kick the ball was misjudged by The Lilywhites defence allowing Sandro to race through and bend a convincing finish around the unfortunate Vigouroux in the Tottenham goal.

Long range shots occasionally followed from Spurs with Barcelona having an attempt from Joel Huertas well saved late on to keep the score at two.

Tottenham should however be pleased with their performance on the night, even if the result was not one they would have wished for, as they used the pitch at White Hart Lane to great effect and matched their apparently ‘superior’ rivals for much of the game. However when it came to the finer points it was the ability to turn that good play into goals that defeated the home side. Tottenham now slip below Wolfsburg into third in the group on goal difference while Barcelona take their expected finishing position at the summit of Group 1.

Spurs next play Wolfsburg on the 24th of October , who they beat 3-2 in the tournament opener.

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