Pochettino says Spurs can beat Barcelona and make knockout round - The Guardian

Pochettino says Spurs can beat Barcelona and make knockout round - The Guardian

Tottenham can not qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, according to Mauricio Pochettino, who believes his side's 1-0 victory over Internazionale has changed the dynamic of their group ahead of the crucial final round of fixtures.
Christian Eriksen's 80th-minute winner means: Spurs travel to Barcelona on 11 December.
"Now we are in a situation that depends on us," said Pochettino after the win. "If we can win in Barcelona we can progress to the next stage. Of course it is going to be very difficult. We have to stay humble and try to improve.
"All is possible in football. We have big respect for Barcelona. They are one of the best teams in Europe and have unbelievable players. It wants to be so tough. But one thing we have faith in and that we can win.

"Of course we have to go back to a great level and compete at our best. To arrive in Barcelona and compete we want fresh legs, fresh minds and no injuries. We need to manage that and rotate the squad. Demands are so tough. Every three days playing games is so tough. "
Pochettino said he believed his team deserved the victory. "We dominated and created the best chances," he said. Heung-min and the goalscorer Eriksen on the bench.
"One thing I do not like about football is the rules, maybe we should play more like basketball and go in and out. But we can not play with 13 players. If you look at the fixtures, we are going to play 12 games in 40 days. There are not players who can play in all 12.
If we win we are right, if we lose we are wrong. But I would like to change that mentality in football of 'why play one and not another?'


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