Tottenham’s Harry Kane sets sights on Messi as Barcelona come to town

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane hopes he can one day emulate, and perhaps break, the goalscoring records of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said: 'It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries. We must play on Monday against City and then Wednesday or Thursday and then on Saturday again.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi continue to set the bar, and Kane believes that's a motivating factor.

"Ruled out are Dele Alli (hamstring), Serge Aurier (thigh), Mousa Dembele (thigh), Christian Eriksen (abdomen) and Jan Vertonghen (hamstring)".

Tottenham, the only team in the Premier League to miss out on signing even a single player in the summer, are scheduled to take on Spanish giants Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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'We are not victims though. When you're scoring as many goals as he is - 40, 50 or 60 goals a season - as a striker, I want to try and match that. "We must feel strong", Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday.

Barcelona are 10/11 to beat Spurs, while the hosts are 11/4 to win the game, a draw is also 11/4. He's definitely set the standard for the rest of us and he still is. That is completely unfair for a team that wants to win some titles.

Messi has scored 103 Champions League goals, more than any other player, and has eight hat tricks in the competition.

Captain Hugo Lloris has recovered from the thigh injury which has seen him miss the last six matches and is contention to make his first appearance since pleading guilty to a drink driving charge last month.

Nearly ten years on, and four years since he took charge at White Hart Lane, Pochettino has proved to be the change that Tottenham Hotspur can believe...