Tottenham v Barcelona: Harry Kane eyes Lionel Messi's scoring records

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However, Spurs have now confirmed the England global will not play again before the worldwide break, meaning he will also sit out Saturday's league game with Cardiff City.

Pochettino's side can ill afford a damaging defeat against the Spanish champions after conceding two late goals to lose their opening Group B match 2-1 at Inter Milan.

"We would have been teammates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him!"

'I am going to say to the players, "Enjoy playing against Messi, because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football", Spurs manager said.

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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 are not victims though.

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

"Messi has set the standard", he added.

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"Messi sets the standard", Kane said.

'As a striker I want to try and match that. We need to produce that same energy, the crowd were unbelievable that night and if we can get them on their feet as soon as possible, create some chances and take one or two it would put us in a great position. That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

Spurs captain Hugo Lloris, who has not played since August due to a thigh injury, resumed full training on Tuesday and will start against Barca.

And former Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda believes it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Pochettino and co will be celebrating at full-time, particularly if they impose their style on Ernesto Valverde's style.

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