Dele Alli thinks win over Barcelona would be among Tottenham’s best results

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli believes victory at Barcelona would be among their best results yet.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs go to the Nou Camp in the Champions League on Tuesday knowing victory would seal a spot in the knockout stages.

They are level on seven points with Inter Milan, who host PSV Eindhoven, in Group B.

Alli scored his 50th Tottenham goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Leicester and, after Spurs failed to win their opening three group games, the midfielder feels victory in Spain would be one of the squad’s greatest successes.

He said: “It would definitely be up there. They are one of the best teams in the world, they’ve got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp and we’re going to go there and give it our best shot.

“I’ve had a bit of a cold but it’s not too bad.

“A cold won’t keep me out. We’re ready. It’s going to be another difficult game but they’re the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world’s greatest players.

“You want to be challenging yourself and we’re going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe.

“It’s going to be difficult but we have to go there and give it our best.”

Alli doubled Tottenham’s lead on Saturday after Son Heung-min’s classy first-half opener.

Victory lifted Spurs to third in the Premier League and boss Pochettino insisted they can win in Barcelona.

He said: “We have a chance. Yes, I believe. I think we believe, that’s the most important thing, and then what happens happens, we are going to enjoy the game.

“Of course (I thought we were still in it), then we won against PSV and Inter, two victories, and then the third is possible of course.

“It’s always an exciting place, they’re one of the best teams in Europe and I know it’s amazing, very exciting to play against them.

“But at the same time it’s going to be tough to play there, we’re going to play one of the best teams in Europe and the only way that we can be happy will be to win the game, and that will be tough.”

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Carlo Ancelotti says Napoli will try to ‘boss the game’ against Liverpool

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Napoli are trying to stay alive in the Serie A title race.

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his side will play on the front foot against Liverpool as they bid to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Italians sit top of Group C, one point clear of second-place Paris St Germain and need just a point at Anfield to secure their progression.

It is a game Liverpool need to win to be sure of going through. Victory by more than one goal will guarantee the Reds’ progress, while a 1-0 win or a victory by two goals or more will be needed if PSG beat Red Star Belgrade in the other game in the group.

Ancelotti insists that Napoli, who are second in Serie A and thrashed Frosinone 4-0 on Saturday, have no intention of heading to Anfield to play for a draw.

“I have lots of memories of Anfield,” Ancelotti told the Napoli website. “And my last one is a good one because I won the title there with Chelsea.

“It’s going to be a tough, exciting match. We’ll go there and play our usual game. It would be counter productive to try and park the bus. Besides anything else, that’s not how we play.

“We’ll try to boss the game and I’m sure the lads are ready and fired up to give their absolute all.

“We’ll go there with an attacking mindset.”

The 59-year-old Ancelotti, whose AC Milan side lost the 2005 Champions League final against Liverpool in Istanbul before beating the Reds in the final two years later, hopes Napoli will be fresh for the Anfield clash after making changes to his line-up.

“I rotated the squad not just to rest a few legs but also to give playing time to some of the other lads. I need everyone and this is the way forward,” Ancelotti added.

“The lads who came into the team performed well. They all did good things. This game was a potential banana skin and we cleared it well.”

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino doesn't expect any gifts from Barcelona

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Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino declared all eyes are on Barcelona after Spurs cruised past Leicester.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli struck to clinch a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night.

Harry Kane was rested and played just the final 16 minutes as Pochettino kept him fresh for Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash at the Nou Camp.

Victory lifted Spurs up to third in the Premier League, six points behind Liverpool.

But Pochettino is now focused on staying in Europe, with Tottenham second in Group B and locked on seven points with Inter Milan, who play PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

“Now it allows us to start thinking about Barcelona,” he said. “You never know in football until you play.

“It will be a massive game, they have qualified for the next stage but in the Champions League no-one is going to give a present.

“We need to win and deserve to win. The mentality is going to be 200 per cent to try to win. We are going to arrive in the best condition, Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe.”

Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea also allowed Spurs to close the gap to Pep Guardiola’s second-placed side to five points, and Pochettino wants consistency if they are to maintain a title challenge.

“The reality is we are there, fighting Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Arsenal – that’s the reality,” he said.

“The three points are massive to keep our position in the table. It’s a massive win for us. It’s not a thing to show the belief you have in the squad is massive. It’s easy to talk about but it’s difficult to show. We believe and trust in the squad and how important all the players are.

“There’s no point players playing every three days. It’s not healthy, they need to rest and need some time to breathe. For some teams it’s so difficult to manage. The most important thing is being genuine in the trust you have in the squad. We are showing we trust all the players.”

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