Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Spurs suffer Christian Eriksen blow ahead of Barcelona clash

Spurs suffer Christian Eriksen blow ahead of Barcelona clash

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said he almost became a teammate of Barcelona's Lionel Messi at Espanyol in 2005.

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.

Kane, 25, will line up against Messi on Wednesday when Spurs host Barcelona at Wembley in Group B of the Champions League.

Tottenham are facing a number of injury worries ahead of their Champions League game against Barcelona with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all missing training on Tuesday.

The World Cup victor missed his side's Champions League opener, as they let slip a one-goal advantage in the closing stages to lose 2-1 to Inter in Milan.

Messi has already scored eight times this season, including a hat-trick in Barca's European demolition of PSV Eindhoven, taking his career tally for the club to well over 500 goals. If we leave him space he will get away from his marker.

"The circumstances this season are so tough", said Tottenham manager Pochettino.

Striker Harry Kane, who scored seven goals in last season's Champions League campaign, did not seem daunted by the prospect of facing five-times Ballon d'Or victor Messi.

"I think him and (Cristiano) Ronaldo have gone above the normal standard set by people in years gone past", Kane said.

"Messi has set the standard", he added.

"As a striker I want to try and match that. This is Barca. We have enough players, we don't need to depend on one".

"It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has".

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