NOU ES­CAPE

Sunday Mirror - - TRAVEL - BY CHRIS HATHERALL

BARCELONA mid­fielder Ar­turo Vi­dal has warned Tot­ten­ham ahead of their do-or-die Cham­pi­ons League tie: Don’t ex­pect us to hold any­thing back.

Spurs head to the Cata­lan gi­ants know­ing vic­tory in the Nou Camp would com­plete a mirac­u­lous come­back and send them into the knock­out stages.

But, even though Barca are al­ready through and guar­an­teed top spot, Vi­dal says there is ab­so­lutely no chance of his team coast­ing through the match and gift­ing the points to Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino (be­low) and his side.

“Let’s be clear, as Barcelona play­ers we want to fin­ish this first phase with­out los­ing a game and with ours heads held high and ready for the next stage,” said Chile star

Vi­dal, signed from

Bay­ern Mu­nich in

Au­gust.

“We may have first re­serv­ing strength or hold­ing any­thing back.

“We will be the same Barca as al­ways – with a very clear goal that we want to win the game.”

Vi­dal ac­cepts that Barca man­ager Ernesto Valverde could make changes, but knows it will make ab­so­lutely no dif­fer­ence to the de­sire.

“The re­al­ity is that, as a group, Barcelona wants to win ev­ery sin­gle tro­phy this sea­son. It’s a spe­cial chal­lenge that we have set our­selves.

“To do that we have to keep win­ning games and keep the right men­tal­ity.

“So will be it be a case of Barcelona re­laxed and with many changes against Tot­ten­ham? I don’t think so.

“This team has an im­age, a way of play­ing and it’s present in ev­ery sin­gle game. That’s our fo­cus.”

And Vi­dal ac­knowl­edges that Tot­ten­ham – with so much to play for af­ter beat­ing PSV Eind­hoven and In­ter Milan in their last two games at Wembley – will be tough op­po­nents. Spurs cur­rently sit sec­ond in Group B, on the same points as In­ter, who face PSV at home in their fi­nal group game.

It means a vic­tory in the Nou Camp will send Harry Kane & Co through – and even a draw might be enough.

“Tot­ten­ham, like all English clubs, are dif­fi­cult to play against and we know it won’t be easy,” added Vi­dal.

“They have a great team. We won 4-2 in Lon­don, but the game was not easy, and we know they will come here try­ing to win. They have to.

“Ev­ery­one talks about the threat of Kane in at­tack, but they have good play­ers in ev­ery area.

“You have to re­mem­ber they have a world-cham­pion goal­keeper in Hugo Lloris and in­ter­na­tional play­ers from all over the world, too.

“They are one of the best teams in Eng­land and Kane is one of the best strik­ers in the world. So we have to be ready. I can prom­ise – we will be.”

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