Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mauricio Pochettino: Let's face Barcelona with a smile

Mauricio Pochettino: Let's face Barcelona with a smile

The Argentine manager, while being asked at a press conference about what would represent progress this term, particularly with his club still being alive in all four competitions, refused to comment specifically, and indicated that dreams must play second place to reality.

"He set the standard, he and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone above the normal standard, when they are scoring 50 or 60 goals a season", Kane said on Tuesday.

That also rules all five players out of Saturday's Premier League visit of Cardiff.

Argentina's Messi now holds multiple scoring records, including the most goals in a calendar year.

"Of course it's a massive game in the group, you never want to start with two losses".

Barca have wobbled domestically of late, with two draws and a defeat, to bottom side Leganes, in their last three matches.

"It's the most hard season for us".

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"Barcelona are a fantastic side but previous year we proved we can beat the big teams, especially at home".

"As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that. We need to demand sacrifice and they will expend a lot of energy".

Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen will join Dele Alli in missing Tottenham's Champions League clash with Barcelona - but Hugo Lloris will start on Wednesday.

"It's very clear, very simple, we need to be near him when he gets the ball", he added.

Pochettino, who like Messi began his career at Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, said it was impossible to make a plan to stop him and told his players to relish the challenge.

The Londoners last won a trophy in 2008 in the form of the League Cup and a major criticism of Spurs under Pochettino is that they are yet to lift silverware.

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