SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (DECEMBER 10, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "We're going to be ready to compete in our best condition, I always say that I'm a very optimistic person and now we believe we are going to arrive in our best and we need to think like this if we want to do something important tomorrow.
Tomorrow is an important game, is a must win game and you need to give your best." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS COACH, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "Barcelona have an unbelieveable squad, all the players in Barcelona squad are here because they deserve to be, of course is difficult to fight for a place in the starting eleven with players like Luis Suarez and Messi, but maybe that a player that does not play too much and maybe tomorrow will have the possibility to play they are going to try to show that they deserve to play." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino believes his side can go to the Nou Camp and beat Barcelona to secure their place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Spurs need to equal or better Inter Milan's result against already-eliminated PSV Eindhoven to secure a place in the last 16, something that looked improbable with the side picking up just one point from their opening three group games.
Pochettino's opposite number Ernesto Valverde admitted earlier on Monday (December 10) that he would make a number of changes to his team, however the Argentine coach is taking nothing for granted.
Having beaten Leicester 2-0 with a rotated XI at the weekend, Pochettino is expected to recall talisman Harry Kane, who had been rested, but also hinted at making a number of changes given the gruelling schedule English sides face over the Christmas period.
Spurs and France captain Hugo Lloris also said he thinks Barca will give them a tough game, no matter the changes they make: "It's always a special game to play against Barca in the Nou Camp, it's a special place, one of the best," Lloris said.