Jan Vertonghen has mentioned it will be a lift if Barcelona relaxation Lionel Messi in opposition to Tottenham within the Champions League on Tuesday, however that Spurs shall be dealing with top-of-the-line groups on this planet no matter who’s in Barca’s line-up.
Barcelona have already secured prime spot in Group B, whereas Tottenham want to match Inter Milan’s result at dwelling to PSV Eindhoven to qualify for the spherical of 16.
Spurs will seemingly want to be the primary away facet since September 2013 to win a Champions League match at Camp Nou so as to progress, and after Messi performed a starring position in Barca’s four-2 win at Wembley in October, Vertonghen mentioned it will be a bonus if the ahead have been to miss this encounter.
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“I would not complain then,” Vertonghen mentioned. “However with or without Messi, we’d like to beat them. Even when they relaxation gamers they’ll put out an unbelievably robust workforce. We all know we have to be prime of our recreation.
“We have proven earlier than we will beat the most important groups on this planet. We put in an ideal efficiency final yr in opposition to Real Madrid and at that second they have been the very best workforce on this planet.
“We have to most likely assume that Inter Milan will beat PSV at dwelling and we’d like to do the identical. In the event that they draw, we may be fortunate, however we’ll have a look at ourselves first.”
Vertonghen missed the reverse fixture by means of damage however feels Tottenham can take encouragement from their fightback that evening.
Having been 2-zero down inside 30 minutes, Spurs bought again to inside one aim at three-2 earlier than conceding late on as they pushed for an equaliser.
“We did very properly in that recreation,” Vertonghen mentioned. “They scored a aim within the first minute, which was laborious to take, however after we took management we had a few probabilities and we undoubtedly take that in our head.”
Younger full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, who signed a brand new 4-and-a-half yr contract on Monday, might be becoming a member of Vertonghen within the defence on the Nou Camp, in what can be simply his third look of the season.
With Kieran Trippier already sidelined and Serge Aurier limping off at Leicester on Saturday, the 21-year-outdated was wanted in its place on the King Energy Stadium, and Pochettino has mentioned he’s prepared to face Barcelona.
“This season’s been related to final season actually,” Walker-Peters mentioned. “The supervisor’s comfortable for you to go to communicate to him, and I’ve spoken to him this season. He is simply instructed me to hold working laborious and, when the alternatives come, ensure that I am prepared.
“If he wants me to play, I really feel like all of the coaching I have been doing up till now could be for video games like this. We do not know in regards to the accidents however I will simply strive my finest to be prepared.”
Requested whether or not he would relish or favor to keep away from dealing with Messi, Walker-Peters mentioned: “I believe it’s kind of of each. He is a prime participant however you need to play in opposition to prime gamers as a result of it is going to enable you to enhance. However you have to be in your recreation in opposition to gamers of that degree.
“Both approach it is going to be a tricky recreation, whether or not they relaxation gamers or not. The gamers they relaxation are attempting to get within the workforce themselves so they are going to be on it — they are going to be making an attempt to win simply as a lot as we’re.”