Tottenham could take on Barcelona on Wednesday night with up to seven first team players missing through injury as the north London side battle against an injury crisis before the global break. "We've had a tough week in terms of results but tomorrow I'm convinced we will have a great game", said Valverde.
"Leo is fantastic and we want to prevent him from continuing to break records. Football is not a drama but always it's about being focused, competitive and enjoying playing against the best player in the world".
Spurs captain Hugo Lloris, who has not played since August due to a thigh injury, resumed full training on Tuesday and will start against Barca.
Barcelona are winless in their last three games but arrive in London with the Champions League's top scorer within their ranks in Lionel Messi. "It's only about enjoying it, being close, helping the players that are going to face him to stay close and, when you have the ball, trying to have possession, to play in the opposite half, to try to push Leo to play far from your goal".
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The positivity of the Argentine coach, who managed Spanish side Espanyol from 2009-12, has filtered down to his squad.
"Both he and Ronaldo have reached figures of 50 goals per season and as a forward I try to do the same".
"He's set the standard".
"It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has".
Spurs have not lost in their last three games while Barcelona's recent form is uncharacteristically poor with no win in their last three.