The Tottenham Hotspur flop tasked with downing Barcelona tonight

Camp Nou

For Giovanni Dos Santos this will be a difficult return to the Nou Camp.

Last week it was the turn of an Arsenal flop when on-loan Celta Vigo striker Park Chu-Young was tasked with downing the mighty Barcelona. The South Korean loanee however failed to deliver any such turnaround for the Galician side and failed to get on the score sheet; although they did earn a commendable 2-2 draw via former Birmingham City midfielder Borja Oubina.

This weekend it is the turn of a Tottenham flop when it comes to downing arguably the best team in the world and for this one it will be a more meaningful visit to the Nou Camp than others.

Giovanni dos Santos was signed by Spurs in 2008 of course from the Catalan side themselves.

Spurs paid €6 million for the Mexican prodigy who had made his competitive debut for Blaugrana aged just 18 when he came on for Thierry Henry in September 2007.

He was something of a teen sensation and expected to follow in the footsteps of many other great young talents at the club; however that never materialised.

So in 2008 he signed for Spurs; a move considered something of a coup by most fans and pundits.

However his most impressive stint whilst a Tottenham player was a loan deal at Ipswich Town; he never truly showed his class at The Lane.

On Saturday night he returns to the Nou Camp; where it all started for him as an eleven-year-old boy and is tasked with downing his former team-mates. It is a prospect that obviously has him very excited as you can see from Twitter…

Which roughly translates as 'Big game tomorrow! It will be very special for me to play in the Nou Camp! Good night'

But he is right about one thing; this is an important game.

Mallorca risk losing touch with the likes of Real Zaragoza and Granada in the relegation battle if they suffer yet another defeat on the road this Saturday. For Gio this would be unacceptable and see his team playing in the second tier of Spanish football next season.

For Spurs fans the game will be a welcome opportunity to have a look and see if Gio has improved since his time in North London. For Mallorca fans such a pleasure is not on show.

For them this game is one battle in the war that is survival.

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