Tottenham facing injury crisis ahead of Barcelona Champions League game

Spurs missing a number of players for Barcelona game

Tottenham's big guns missing for visit of Barcelona

"He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and it motivates me to get even better", Kane said.

The relationship between Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at Barcelona is reportedly on an all time low this season after the last two games played by the reigning Spanish champions. Then they played in the World Cup.

Pochettino, whose side face Barca in the Champions League on Wednesday, revealed that Messi had been close to moving to Espanyol before staying at the Camp Nou.

Hueng-min Son should keep his place in the attack while Lucas Moura may also retain his spot after an encouraging start to the new campaign and I wouldn't be surprised to see Erik Lamela coming in to the side as he tends to save his best form for Europe.

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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Serge Aurier, the right back, and Michel Vorm, the reserve goalkeeper, are also unavailable, but first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is fit to play his first match since August after recovering from a thigh strain.

"More than it worrying you, it needs to excite you to play and so you can say, "Oh, I played against Messi", or "I played against [Diego] Maradona", or "I played against Ronaldo". If we leave him space he will get away from his marker.

"He's set the standard. We need to demand sacrifice and they will expend a lot of energy". "50-60 goals a season, as a striker I want to try to match that and do the same". He is still scoring goals.

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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