'It's so painful' - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals his Champions League agony

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"If we can win at Barcelona, we're going to go through to the next stage of the Champions League".

Instead, we kept playing our football and when Sissoko and Dele teed up Eriksen in the 80th minute, that patience was duly rewarded with a fine victor to keep our Champions League aspirations alive.

UEFA is not happy with the aesthetics of the pitch, which has bumps and patches of mud, but is satisfied enough for the game to go ahead.

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"It gives everyone belief that they can possibly get into the top four", the former Spurs midfielder and manager said. It was starting to get tense and there was a feeling the all-important goal wasn't going to come as the clock ticked down, but we didn't panic, didn't get frustrated.

"The Liverpool performance was good at the Emirates and they will need that sort of performance again and Tottenham not to be on song".

'When you are injured you realise how blessed you are when you are fit and I prefer it this way than to be sitting on the touchline for a couple of weeks, ' he said. "They're not going to have one day off until January". I expect they'll play with the best players but today I don't know how they'll prepare the game. Playing games every three days is so tough - so tough for us, and for our players it's so, so hard.

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Sunday's game marks the first occasion in which Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery have faced off in the Premier League although they did meet in La Liga when in charge of Espanyol and Valencia respectively. Maybe we need to change to rolling subs, like basketball, so you can go in and out.

"I thought we were growing and didn't make the most of some scoring opportunities, then conceded with a distraction and nobody was able to cut out the pass".

Three other players who will be missing when Pochettino names his XI for the match are Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama, who are absent through injury, and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou who is another who was not named in the set up for this tournament.

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"The most important is to try to avoid risk, to mix ... and rotate", Pochettino said.

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