Disaster For Mauricio Pochettino As Injuries Obliterate Tottenham Squad To Face Barcelona

El balance del Barça en sus últimos diez partidos a domicilio en la Champions League

El balance del Barça en sus últimos diez partidos a domicilio en la Champions League

Tottenham are facing a mounting injury crisis as they'll be without a number of key players for Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Barcelona.

Pochettino's famous demands on his players will be put to the test again at Wembley with the Argentine expecting maximum effort to stop his compatriot Messi who scored a hat-trick in Barca's 4-0 win over PSV last month. "50-60 goals a season, as a striker I want to try to match that and do the same".

"He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us".

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

'I am going to say to the players, "Enjoy playing against Messi, because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football", Spurs manager said.

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that the France captain will start the game.

Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leganes last week and recently drew in matches against Girona and Athletic Bilbao, games in which Messi appeared unlike himself, even talking down match officials.

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

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

'Barcelona might play better than Real Madrid did last season. What we need is to have players helping each other.

'We went through a stage where we didn't win in three matches and maybe a bit of pressure starts to build.

Barcelona will be without France worldwide Samuel Umtiti, after the World Cup victor saw red in the same game.

But the England midfielder, like Hugo Lloris, will be missing against Barca with Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen all doubtful.

"The evolution of the team is there and everyone can appreciate that and see it", Pochettino said.

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