Today Tottenham officially qualified for the round of 16, with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona. Tottenham's resilience paid off, the slow start was overtaken by an extremely strong finish. Spurs have finished second in their group, a strong finish in comparison to where they started. The competition starts up again in February, where the Spurs will be looking to advance to the quarterfinals.
The qualification came down to the final game, for both Inter Milan and Tottenham. The teams tied with 8 points, 2 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses. The difference came when looking at the goals scored, this is because each team had a goal difference of -1. Spurs had scored nine goals, in comparison to Inter’s six. This is about as close as qualification gets, but the determination shown from Tottenham was extremely admirable.
Looking closer at the deciding game with Barcelona. The game was held at the Camp Nou, a hostile difficult environment for any team. The game did not start in the most desirable way for the Spurs, conceding an early goal to the young superstar Ousmane Dembélé. After the early goal, Tottenham was showing dominance throughout the game, however not having much luck in front of goal. It took till the 85th minute and the Brazilian star, Lucas Moura, to equalize for Spurs. The goal was extremely deserved, and following that goal Tottenham nearly grabbed a winner through Danny Rose.
When February rolls around, Tottenham will be hoping for all of their players to be fit. With the team being riddled with injuries through the group stages, a fully fit side will be dangerous. Mauricio Pochettino will be preparing for a busy new year, with Champions League success at the front of his mind.