Tottenham facing injury crisis ahead of Barcelona Champions League game


"More than it worrying you, it needs to excite you to play and so you can say, "Oh, I played against Messi", or "I played against [Diego] Maradona", or "I played against Ronaldo". At home we have to be strong if we want to progress. "50-60 goals a season, as a striker I want to try to match that and do the same".

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

Questionable performances from the Dutchman against Watford, Inter Milan and Liverpool saw Mauricio Pochettino hand Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to show what he is capable of between the sticks.

And to achieve that goal, they will need England captain Kane at his lethal best.

Barca go into their meeting with Spurs on a three-match winless run, having drawn with Girona and Athletic Bilbao either side of a shock loss to Leganes.

England captain Kane has been the Premier League's top scorer for two of the last three seasons and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We got off to a great start last season, beating Dortmund at home".

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"It's a very important match, they're a fantastic opponent, but we've shown in recent years that we can beat top teams", he continued.

"Football is not a drama but always it's about being focused, competitive and enjoying playing against the best player in the world".

"We would have been team-mates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him".

Pochettino added: "I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible".

"We are not victims though".

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.