Tottenham Hotspur take on the might of Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, with their Champions League qualification hanging in the balance.
Spurs will likely need a win away from home to beat Inter Milan to that final knockout spot.
Pochettino chose to rest Christian Eriksen, Harry Kane, and Danny Rose away to Leicester in preparation for the make-or-break tie.
He may also be hoping that Valverde, the Barca boss, will play a slightly weakened team, as his side have already qualified top of the group.
However, he refused to confirm whether Lionel Messi would take to the pitch on Tuesday night.
Spurs actually put up a good fight against the Spanish giants at Wembley, with the final result being 4-2 to the visitors.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, Messi was in one of those unplayable moods and tore the defence apart.
A team without the Argentinian wizard could prove to be more beatable for this Tottenham side, especially when survival hangs in the balance.
Valverde said (Calcio Mercato): “Messi against the Spurs? We’ll see on Tuesday. However, I can reassure Inter that we will enter the pitch with the aim to win, regardless of which players I choose.
“Our club respects the Champions League and faces every game to get the most out of it, I will make choices in relation to our own interests, not those of Inter.”
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