'It's so painful' - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals his Champions League agony

'It's so painful' - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino reveals his Champions League agony

We made two attacking changes with Heung-Min Son and Eriksen replacing Lucas and Lamela, and the Dane's first touch nearly delivered a goal, his driven free-kick finding Jan Vertonghen inside the six yard box but he somehow headed wide.

"Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe and they have unbelievable players", said Pochettino. "And now we're going to play another game that we must win".

"It's so painful. It's a mistake that we made that at this level of football we can not repeat again. It will be tough [to win at Barcelona] but the belief is so important". To arrive in that way in Barcelona we need to manage and we need to rotate the squad.

Arsenal are still unbeaten in 16 games and are confident of a qualification to the next round of the Europa League looking sure with 10 points in 4 games.

With Tottenham facing early Champions League elimination, Christian Eriksen came to the rescue against Inter Milan. Playing games every three days is so tough - so tough for us, and for our players it's so, so hard.

"There was a tough period for Moussa but I remember one day I hugged him when he was coming off and I told him, 'You are going to be a success here'".

Whether or not Spurs are in the competition after Christmas remains to be seen as they host Inter in a must-win Group B game. "We played some good football but we didn't get the points in the first (two) games".

"What Barcelona is going to 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".

Those results mean that Spurs approach Sunday's clash in optimistic mood and ahead of the much-anticipated clash on Sunday, Alderweireld has claimed that the north London derby is the biggest in world football.

"I can not play with 13 players", he said. "We need to change like basketball so players can go in and out".

"It is the type of game we all want to play and we are all excited to play".

The Belgium defender, who could have capped his comeback with a goal against Inter, is one Spurs player who does not mind their congested fixture list.

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