Lionel Messi was almost my Espanyol teammate - Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

Leo Messi of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou

Tottenham are facing a number of injury worries ahead of their Champions League game against Barcelona with Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all missing training on Tuesday.

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.

"It's about enjoying the game tomorrow and the best player in the world in Messi", he said.

"Both he and Ronaldo have reached figures of 50 goals per season and as a forward I try to do the same". He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and he still is.

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Tottenham lost their opening European game at Inter Milan, leaving the Premier League side with no margin for error as they try to qualify for the knockout stages.

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.

"It's a good chance to win and focus on ourselves, maybe there's some pressure, but we want to show that people are wrong", Kane said in his pre-match press conference.

"Of course it's a massive game in the group, you never want to start with two losses".

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However, Pochettino blames Fabio Capello for disrupting the move, saying the former Juventus boss' decision to praise Messi after a dazzling display in the Joan Gamper Cup encouraged Barca to hold on to the La Masia graduate.

Pochettino added: "I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and to whom I have enormous respect, but my path and that of Barcelona are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible".

"We got off to a great start last season, beating Dortmund at home".

"We are not victims though".

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