Nou Camp mis­sion pos­si­ble: Poch

> It will be tough (to win at Barcelona) but the be­lief is so im­por­tant, says Spurs’ boss

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TOT­TEN­HAM HOT­SPUR must do what no English club has done in 11 years and win in Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League next month if they are to be guar­an­teed an un­likely place in the last 16.

Chris­tian Erik­sen’s 80th-minute win­ner gave Tot­ten­ham a de­served 1-0 vic­tory over In­ter Mi­lan yes­ter­day – a re­sult that lifted them above the Ital­ians into sec­ond place in Group B by virtue of their bet­ter head-to-head record.

But they must match In­ter’s re­sult in the fi­nal round of group games and with Lu­ciano Spal­letti’s side host­ing bot­tom club PSV Eind­hoven, that means vic­tory in Spain will al­most cer­tainly be re­quired by Spurs on their first visit to the Nou Camp since los­ing 1-0 in the 1982 Cup Win­ners Cup semi­fi­nal.

“All is pos­si­ble. I never say it is mis­sion im­pos­si­ble, in foot­ball all can hap­pen, you need to be­lieve,” Po­chet­tino (car­i­ca­ture) said af­ter a nervy night at Wem­b­ley.

“It will be tough (to win at Barcelona) but the be­lief is so im­por­tant. To ar­rive in Barcelona and com­pete at our best we need to have fresh legs, fresh minds, no in­juries.

“We have big re­spect for Barcelona. Barcelona is one of the best teams in Europe, and of course they have un­be­liev­able play­ers. It will be tough.

But we have be­lief we can win.”

Goal-scorer Erik­sen said Tot­ten­ham “know what we have to play for” on a daunt­ing mis­sion to Barcelona.

“We still have one more game to go, our fo­cus was to win this and now our next one is Barca,” Erik­sen told BT Sport.

“It will be tough but fun, we know what we have to play for.

“Tonight In­ter came to de­fend, they knew one point would be bet­ter than los­ing, and play­ing against Ital­ian sides you don’t have many chances. Luck­ily I took mine, and we kept them away.”

Tot­ten­ham striker Harry Kane said: “It’s tough to play out there, the pitch ain’t great but we’re get­ting used to it game by game.

“We played well though, we played out from the back, through the lines, and we could have got a cou­ple in the first half. The clean sheet was mas­sive and thank­fully we got the goal.

“We will go all guns blaz­ing now. It will be tough, but it is all to play for.”

In­ter boss Lu­ciano Spal­letti still ex­pects they will ad­vance if they beat PSV be­cause Barca are so for­mi­da­ble at home.

“As long as we do our job I think we will go through. It is about what we do,” he said.

“They have got some top class play­ers at Barcelona, they haven’t lost at home in the last five years in the Cham­pi­ons League and they will want to keep that record.” – AFP / Reuters

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