Spurs missing a number of players for Barcelona game

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Harry Kane has set his sights on emulating the incredible goal-scoring feats of Lionel Messi as the Tottenham striker prepares for his shoot-out with the Barcelona legend.Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium in London, on December 26, 2017.

France's World Cup winning captain Hugo Lloris offered Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino a little ray of sunshine amid an injury crisis on the eve of their Champions League clash with Barcelona. We must play on Monday against City and then Wednesday or Thursday and then on Saturday again.

Dele Alli (hamstring), Serge Aurier (thigh), Mousa Dembele (thigh), Christian Eriksen (abdomen) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring) will all be out until after this month's worldwide break.

"We would have been team-mates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him". We must feel strong.

Ernesto Valverde's Barcelona fell to a 2-1 defeat to Leganes last week and recently drew in matches against Girona and Athletic Bilbao, games in which Messi appeared unlike himself, even talking down match officials. Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want'.

"He's set the standard".

England midfielder Dele Alli and Ivory Coast defender Serge Aurier are also unavailable because of hamstring and thigh problems.

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.

Argentina's Messi now holds multiple scoring records, including the most goals in a calendar year.

"I'm not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said.