Tottenham (4-2-3-1) was the better team in the opening leg against Barcelona (4-2-3-1) as Mauricio Pochettino’s side recorded a 4-0 victory at Wembley.
But Barca knows they need to win at Camp Nou to give themselves a chance of claiming a place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
It will be a tough match for Barcelona as Spurs stifled them in the first leg, holding them to a low-key performance that also saw the Catalans endure a long period without a shot on target.
But, just as Pochettino will be confident that his side could be level going into the second leg at Camp Nou, Barcelona will be the team that’s still under pressure to go through.
The Spanish side have only won three of their last 10 matches in all competitions – five of them in La Liga, another in the Copa del Rey.
Even Messi’s already-insufferable injury woes mean that Barcelona may have to turn to Barca’s academy to fill the gaps left by the internationals.
Algerian sensation Demir has been playing for the senior side in recent weeks, as Messi has reestablished himself from the injury layoff.
He may not be able to shake off the taunts of his fellow countrymen, especially with France midfielder Samir Nasri also set to make his return from suspension against Spurs, but Demir will be determined to impress at Camp Nou.
His Premier League club Watford turned down Barcelona’s £17 million offer for Demir and an additional €15 million (£13 million) when Barca came calling again for the 17-year-old just a few weeks ago.
Despite having yet to make his full debut for Barca, Demir has already got a taste of Champions League action as he featured as a late substitute against Real Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals last year.
According to Mundo Deportivo, he has three years left on his contract with Barcelona, but, speaking at the Soccerex conference, Barca CEO Oscar Grau suggested Demir could be ready to make the step up to the senior side in a few months’ time.
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