Tottenham's big guns missing for visit of Barcelona

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs beat Huddersfield 2-0 on Saturday

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.

"Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone above the norm, when they're scoring 50 or 60 goals a season", said Kane. "As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that, a fantastic player, and we will do our best to stop him".

So the North London giants will be heading into Wembley's crunch Champions League clash with Barca on Wednesday with renewed confidence.

"He's set the standard".

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".

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Messi has scored 103 Champions League goals, more than any other player, and has eight hat tricks in the competition.

Tottenham lost their opening European game at Inter Milan, leaving the Premier League side with no margin for error as they try to qualify for the knockout stages. We can only focus on Barcelona and then see at the end of the season.

In stark contrast, the Catalan powerhouses have failed to win in any of their last three games with home draws against Girona and Athletic Club flanking a awful 2-1 reverse at Leganes.

"It's very clear, very simple, we need to be near him when he gets the ball", he added.

"Barcelona might play better than Real Madrid did last season". That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

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