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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham have the belief and faith to win in Barcelona

30 November, 2018, 10:56 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino

While we dominated the first period, it was much more even in the second half with both sides showing plenty of attacking intent.

Inter will host PSV at the San Siro and are confident of getting a win, but Lloris is keen to see the Dutch champions, who have no stake in the final game, show their utmost desire when they take on the Nerazzurri.

Tottenham's options in the middle of the park are further limited as Wanyama will once again miss out due to an on-going knee problem while centre-back Juan Foyth won't be available to face Inter as he's ineligible for the group stages of the Champions League.

"All is possible in football", the Spurs manager said. We need to manage that and rotate the squad. We have big respect to Barcelona, they are one of the best teams in Europe, it will be so tough. To arrive in Barcelona and compete we will need fresh legs, fresh minds and no injuries.

"The form we're in right now, it's probably the ideal time to go there", he said."It's a game the fans want to win and one we want to win".

Pochettino said he believed his team deserved the victory. A late collapse saw Inter win 2-1, and Tottenham lost the following game at home to Barcelona.

"The playability of the Champions League match, Tottenham-Inter, is not compromised", a spokesperson told Reuters. "But now we need to focus on Arsenal on Sunday - another massive game for us".




Ranieri, who famously lifted the Premier League title with outsiders Leicester City, won his first game since taking over at Craven Cottage with last week's success against Southampton.

Given the physical demands on his players, Pochettino has suggested a rule change that would allow him to repeatedly introduce and substitute players throughout a match.

"Everything is fine with Radja and there was no issue between us at the time of his substitution", said Spalletti.

Barca may rest players given they are already through, but Pochettino is not expecting any favours.

"To do that there's no player - maybe the keeper - who can play in the 12 games".

"The most important thing is to try and avoid risk, to mix the team, make all players feel important".

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