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Tottenham Lose Key Men Ahead Of Barcelona Clash

03 October 2018

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.

Tottenham, the only team in the Premier League to miss out on signing even a single player in the summer, are scheduled to take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. "50-60 goals a season, as a striker I want to try to match that and do the same".

Young centre-back Juan Foyth and winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou trained with the squad but are unable to face Barcelona because they have not been registered in Tottenham's squad for the Champions League group stage.

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

Pochettino played for Espanyol when Messi made his first-team debut the previous year but said: "Messi would start to become a great player but, in the moment that he made his debut, it was another youngster that had arrived to the Barcelona team from the academy". "He's still scoring goals as well and it motivates me as well to score as many and if not more than him one day".

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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.

Spurs lost their opening game away to Inter Milan at the San Siro as the hosts came from behind late on to win 2-1.

"Leo is fantastic and we want to prevent him from continuing to break records".

Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde will be without defender, Sergi Roberto, who sustained an injury against Athletic, while Samuel Umtiti is both injured and suspended.

Tottenham Lose Key Men Ahead Of Barcelona Clash