Lloris back to face Barcelona but quartet ruled out for Tottenham

Arnold Nichols
October 3, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur will be without five key players for at least two weeks due to injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino was in upbeat mood ahead of the Champions League clash with Barcelona on Wednesday. He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and he still is. At home we have to be strong if we want to progress.

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".

Argentina's Messi now holds multiple scoring records, including the most goals in a calendar year.

Tottenham will have to play four games in nine days after their Premier League match against Manchester City was put back 24 hours to October 29, so it can be played at Wembley.

Questionable performances from the Dutchman against Watford, Inter Milan and Liverpool saw Mauricio Pochettino hand Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga to show what he is capable of between the sticks.

Additionally, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier are unavailable as Spurs face an injury crisis before the global break.

"Of course it's a massive game in the group, you never want to start with two losses".

"Barcelona might play better than Real Madrid did last season".

"It's the most hard season for us. We need to demand sacrifice and they will expend a lot of energy", Pochettino said.

"It's hard to find solutions to try to stop him [Messi], I promise you".

"I think we are in a different period", he said.

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.

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