Valverde said after Barca lost at Leganes last month that every defeat is an "earthquake" for the club, with talk of crisis intensifying after he rested Messi and saw his side held by Athletic Bilbao at the weekend.
England worldwide Kane will be targeting his 10th strike in his 12th Champions League match, while it took Messi 23 games to get into double figures in the competition.
"We played a great match and in the first half we were extraordinary so we are happy because everything went as we wanted it to".
"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half". If you watch the first half again, how many chances did he have?
Barcelona took their 2-0 lead into halftime, and were unlucky not to put the game away early in the second half.
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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has just scored an absolute belter against Spurs in the Champions League tonight, putting the Catalan giants two-nil up in the first 45 minutes. Move on because in the first half we conceded in the first minute and we can not talk about topics.
"To concede a goal so early, we destroyed the plan", he said. "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same". Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Hueng-min Son start in attack with Harry Kane once again leading the line up front. "As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that, a fantastic player, and we will do our best to stop him".
Barcelona sit top of the group after two wins but Tottenham now face a must-win double header against PSV Eindhoven before hosting Inter and travelling to the Camp Nou.
"It was 4-2 of course for Barcelona but the team did everything and I feel so proud about their performance".
"We still need to play four games and we are going to have it in our hands to be or not in the next stage", said Pochettino. "But we solved them". "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".