Nou Camp mission possible: Poch
> It will be tough (to win at Barcelona) but the belief is so important, says Spurs’ boss
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