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

Jo Caldwell
October 3, 2018

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to be drawn on what might represent progress for Spurs this season, arguing that dreams and reality are not in balance.

Still, the Spurs boss is boosted by the return of goalkeeper Lloris for the Group B fixture in Europe, with the France worldwide available for selection after returning to training.

But the England midfielder, like Hugo Lloris, will be missing against Barca with Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen all doubtful.

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur will host La Liga champions Barcelona at Wembley in Wednesday's massive Champions League clash.

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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.

"It's very clear, very simple, we need to be near him when he gets the ball".

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

"Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone above the norm, when they're scoring 50 or 60 goals a season", said Kane.

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"Messi has set the standard", he added.

"We need to demand sacrifice and they will expend a lot of energy", Pochettino said.

'As a striker I want to try and match that. "It's only about enjoying it, being close, helping the players that are going to face him to stay close and, when you have the ball, trying to have possession, to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal".

England captain Kane has been the Premier League's top scorer for two of the last three seasons and won the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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