Cape Town - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Spurs
can beat Barcelona in their final UEFA Champions League Group B tie on 11
December to progress to the knockout stages.
A Christian Eriksen goal gave the Lilywhites a crucial win
on Wednesday against Inter Milan and they now sit second in the standings on
seven points, tied with the Italians.
Barca have already qualified for the next stage on 13 points
whereas PSV Eindhoven are eliminated at the bottom of the group on a single
Nonetheless, despite the Spanish giants having already gone
through, Pochettino takes the view that they will still face a highly
competitive team at the Camp Nou.
He said: "I expect they'll play with the best players,
but I don't know how they'll prepare the game.
"We need to think about us, prepare for the game in the
best way, and try to believe we can win. What Barcelona do is not in our hands.
"But, of course, in the Champions League, no one is
going to give a present and play and not care about the result.
"It's going to be very competitive but of course
they're qualified in first with 13 points. Us and Inter can only arrive with 10
points. All is possible in football.
"But now we need to focus on Arsenal on Sunday [in]
another massive game for us. We have big respect for Barcelona, one of the best
teams in Europe.
"Of course, they have unbelievable players and it'll be
so tough, but one thing we have is our belief and faith we can win.
"We only need to show again a good level to compete at
our best. To arrive at Barcelona and compete in our best we need to have fresh
legs, fresh minds, no injuries.
"To arrive in that way in Barcelona we need to manage,
and we need to rotate the squad. If not, the demands of the Premier League are
"We're playing Champions League and the cup against
Arsenal at the Emirates. Every three days playing games is so tough, so tough
for us but for our players so, so difficult. They're not going to have one day
off until January."