Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino Makes Bold Claim Ahead Of Barcelona Clash

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| 30 November, 2018, 05:18

UEFA is not happy with the aesthetics of the pitch, which has bumps and patches of mud, but is satisfied enough for the game to go ahead.

While Tottenham and Inter are level on seven points, the London club is now up into second place by virtue of Eriksen's goal in the reverse fixture in September. "We have big respect for Barcelona, one of the best in Europe with unbelievable players".

The Argentinian has forced his way into Pochettino's side in recent weeks, starting the last three Premier League games, but will miss the crunch Champions League clash with Inter Milan on Wednesday as he is not included in the club's 25-man squad.

"The pressure is on Arsenal to perform and win the game - if Arsenal do not win this game, you are going to go away from here saying, 'Tottenham are just getting away from Arsenal'".

"We need fresh legs, fresh mind and no injuries". Playing games every three days is so tough - so tough for us, and for our players it's so, so hard.

Spurs' inability to move any of their foreign players out in turn meant they had to target homegrown talent, which saw them become the first team in Premier League history not to sign anyone during the summer transfer window.

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Luciano Spalletti has already indicated that he is not expecting Tottenham to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Pochettino's relief was clear as he looked to the heavens and pumped his fists, but Tottenham still have one last daunting hurdle to overcome in Barcelona before they can celebrate a last 16 berth.

"What Barcelona is going to do is not in our hands".

"It's going to be very competitive but of course they're qualified in first with 13 points".

When pushed on his bold comments about winning in Barcelona, he said: "All is possible in football".

Sunday's north London derby is a bigger game for Arsenal than Tottenham, according to former Gunners star Paul Merson. "The most important thing is to try to avoid risk, mix the team with different players and rotate so all players feel important".


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