Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Spurs missing a number of players for Barcelona game

Spurs missing a number of players for Barcelona game

Tottenham striker Harry Kane hopes he can one day emulate, and perhaps break, the goalscoring records of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

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. "It's only about enjoying it, being close, helping the players that are going to face him to stay close and, when you have the ball, trying to have possession, to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal".

"Messi sets the standard", Kane said.

Dele Alli (hamstring), Serge Aurier (thigh), Mousa Dembele (thigh), Christian Eriksen (abdomen) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) will all be out until after this month's global break.

'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. We must feel strong. "50-60 goals a season, as a striker I want to try to match that and do the same".

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Harry Kane is among 5 players that definitely need to leave their current clubs if they want to win the Champions League cup.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was back in training after a thigh injury but Dele Alli, as expected, was missing with his hamstring problem.

"He's set the standard".

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.

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

"It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries", Pochettino said.

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