Tottenham’s Harry Kane sets sights on Messi as Barcelona come to town

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Spurs are without England worldwide Dele Alli for Barca's visit, with further doubts over Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi continue to set the bar, and Kane believes that's a motivating factor.

"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.

So the North London giants will be heading into Wembley's crunch Champions League clash with Barca on Wednesday with renewed confidence. He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and he still is. Then I heard he was so close to signing for Espanyol - very close - in the season Barcelona played against Juventus under [Fabio] Capello in the Joan Gamper Cup.

Spurs lost three games in a row under Mauricio Pochettino for the first time recently but have found form again of late, beating Brighton and Huddersfield Town in their last two Premier League games.

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Barca striker Suarez was critical of his side's performance and their continued dependence on Messi. When I take a decision like this, I think in the best interests of the team and the club.

Last season Tottenham ensured qualification for the knockout stage with a memorable 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley but Pochettino thinks it will be hard to replicate the performance against Barcelona.

"Leo is fantastic and we want to prevent him from continuing to break records".

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season. "This is Barca. We have enough players, we don't need to depend on one".

In stark contrast, the Catalan powerhouses have failed to win in any of their last three games with home draws against Girona and Athletic Club flanking a terrible 2-1 reverse at Leganes. We must feel strong.

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