Pochettino looks ahead to a tough night in Spain

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur will look to take on the toughest game of their season tomorrow night as they face Spanish giants Barcelona.

Spurs lost the home tie earlier in the year 4-2 after some superb Messi magic, but will be hoping to get a much-needed win tomorrow.

Tottenham must match any result Inter Milan get, and seeing as the Italians are up against dead and buried PSV, this is likely going to be a win.

Barca have already qualified top of the group, so it is uncertain whether they will field their strongest XI.

Either way, Tottenham will need to continue their fine form to secure that final qualification spot to the Champions League knockout rounds.

Unfortunately, Tottenham dropped a number of points in the early games this campaign, as they led against both Inter and PSV in the first two matches only to earn just the solitary point.

Pochettino believes his side are ready to compete in an important game.

Poch said (Football London): “We are going to be ready to compete in our best condition. Tomorrow is such an important game and you need to give your best, preparing not only physically but mentally, thinking what you’re going to do, not what Barcelona are going to do. We know Barcelona have a great squad and all the players deserve to be here.

“If we want to deserve it we need to win tomorrow. We’re facing one of the best teams in the world in one of the best stadiums. I’ll tell you after the game whether we deserved to go through. It’s an easy question in the end. We’re in the situation we are in because we deserve to be here.

“Sometimes there are inexplicable things in football. This could be one of these things. We are the only team in Europe that have not signed any players, but also not sold any players but still improved. It’s an odd case. Everybody feels the same.”

On keeping possession against Barca he said: “In general, that is normal. It is so difficult to challenge them in that way. You need to work tactically and have an idea that is clear in possession. You need quality players who can challenge this type of possession. It is so difficult to play Barcelona.”

 

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