UEFA Champions League: No Excuse Against Barca, Pochettino Declares
Tottenham Hotspur manager, Mauricio Pochettino has promised that he would not be making any excuses no matter the outcome of Wednesday’s potentially explosive Champions League clash against Barcelona.
Pochettino insists he will not use injuries as an excuse if his side lose to Barcelona at the Wembley Stadium.
Spurs will be without several key players for the Group B fixture at Wembley as they look to open their account in this season’s competition at the second attempt.
Dele Alli was already certain to miss the midweek clash with the La Liga champions, but fellow midfielders Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen are also now unavailable.
Pochettino insists the club are not “victims” and must instead focus on those who are available for duty.
“We have players with different injuries – it’s not a pattern that happens from something specific,” Pochettino told the media.
“We are not victims, though. We must feel strong. Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want.
“When you build a team and you have 24 or 25 players, all can be decisive, can be important. If we don’t have some players then we can’t say we lose 3-0, rest players and prepare for the next game. We can win.
“Of course, I prefer to have all the players available to play, but I’m not going to say we don’t have chances to win because it’s Barcelona.
“I am not the victim and I won’t be the victim in football or life. If we don’t win then it’s because Barcelona were better. If we win it’s because we are a team, just with different names.”
Thankfully for Spurs, Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is set to start for the first time since the 3-0 win over Manchester United at the end of August, however, after overcoming a thigh injury.
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