Mauricio Pochettino: Let's face Barcelona with a smile

Leo Messi of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou

Striker Harry Kane, who scored seven goals in last season's Champions League campaign, did not seem daunted by the prospect of facing five-times Ballon d'Or victor Messi.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he almost became a teammate of Barcelona's Lionel Messi at Espanyol in 2005. "It's only about enjoying it, being close, helping the players that are going to face him to stay close and, when you have the ball, trying to have possession, to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal".

Tottenham are facing a number of injury worries ahead of their Champions League game against Barcelona with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all missing training on Tuesday.

'As a striker I want to try and match that. And despite that fact Pochettino is sure it makes no sense looking for a way to stop him. We are not victims, though.

"He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and it motivates me to get even better", Kane said. We must feel strong.

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Hoping to add to Barca's problems, Kane says Tottenham will draw on the memories of last season's stunning 3-1 Wembley win over Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages. That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

Messi has reportedly responded to Pique by criticizing Barcelona's defence, stating that the side has conceded way too many goals and that the defence needs to do more work.

Better news for Pochetinno about his World Cup-winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who is back in contention having returned to training.

"We need to demand sacrifice and they will expend a lot of energy", Pochettino said. He missed all of Spurs' six games last month.

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