Tottenham Lose Key Men Ahead Of Barcelona Clash

03 October, 2018, 12:55 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday

Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen were absent from Tottenham training ahead of tomorrow night's clash with Barcelona at Wembley.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: 'It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries.

Spanish champions Barca opened with a 4-0 win over PSV, courtesy of a Lionel Messi hat-trick, and although they have failed to register a win in their last three games now sit joint top of La Liga with Real Madrid.

Tottenham will have to play four games in nine days after their Premier League match against Manchester City was put back 24 hours to October 29, so it can be played at Wembley.

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.

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

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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.

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

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

'We've got to prove we can beat the best teams in the world and we need to do that against Barcelona.

'We are not victims though. We need to produce that same energy, the crowd were awesome that night. We must feel strong.

Nearly ten years on, and four years since he took charge at White Hart Lane, Pochettino has proved to be the change that Tottenham Hotspur can believe... That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

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