Mauricio Pochettino is happy that Tottenham’s fate is in their own hands as they look to beat Barcelona in the Nou Camp. Spurs take on the Group B winners at the Nou Camp knowing if they match the result of Inter Milan, who play rock-bottom PSV Eindhoven at home, then they will make the last 16 of the Champions League.
Pochettino, who spent 12 years as a player and manager at Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol, believes getting over the line would be a great achievement, given they amassed just one point from their opening three group games.
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The Spaniard endured some painful viewing at the weekend as Barcelona romped to a 4-0 win in the Catalan derby against his old side and he knows what to expect. “It’s going to be special in case we qualify,” he said. “To qualify would be special, only because of Tottenham not for having been at Espanyol or being an Espanyol fan. “I’ve seen highlights of the derby. I know Barcelona very well. I know what they’re capable of doing. They’re not going to surprise us. “If we want to deserve it we need to win against one of the best teams in the world in a huge stadium. “If Inter get more points, it’s because we don’t deserve to be in the next round. But we have the possibility to qualify in our own hands. Everything depends on us.”