Tottenham v Barcelona: Harry Kane eyes Lionel Messi's scoring records

Virginia Santiago
October 3, 2018

"We would have been teammates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him!"

However, Pochettino blames Fabio Capello for disrupting the move, saying the former Juventus boss' decision to praise Messi after a dazzling display in the Joan Gamper Cup encouraged Barca to hold on to the La Masia graduate.

"We are not victims though".

Last season Tottenham ensured qualification for the knockout stage with a memorable 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley but Pochettino thinks it will be hard to replicate the performance against Barcelona.

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The Londoners last won a trophy in 2008 in the form of the League Cup and a major criticism of Spurs under Pochettino is that they are yet to lift silverware.

Captain Hugo Lloris has recovered from the thigh injury which has seen him miss the last six matches and is contention to make his first appearance since pleading guilty to a drink driving charge last month.

"It's very clear, very simple, we need to be near him when he gets the ball". What we need is to have players helping each other.

The positivity of the Argentine coach, who managed Spanish side Espanyol from 2009-12, has filtered down to his squad.

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Harry Kane has set his sights on emulating the incredible goal-scoring feats of Lionel Messi as the Tottenham striker prepares for his shoot-out with the Barcelona legend.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi continue to set the bar, and Kane believes that's a motivating factor.

"As a striker I want to try and match that".

Spurs go into the match after three successive wins in all competitions while Barca are without a victory in their last three games.

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Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.

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