Messi has reportedly responded to Pique by criticizing Barcelona's defence, stating that the side has conceded way too many goals and that the defence needs to do more work.
However, Spurs have now confirmed the England global will not play again before the worldwide break, meaning he will also sit out Saturday's league game with Cardiff City. Barca have wobbled domestically lately with two draws and a defeat, to bottom side Leganes, in their last three matches.
Last season Tottenham ensured qualification for the knockout stage with a memorable 3-1 win over Real Madrid at Wembley but Pochettino thinks it will be hard to replicate the performance against Barcelona.
"We got off to a great start last season, beating Dortmund at home".
"Barcelona are a fantastic side but a year ago we proved we can beat the big teams, especially at home".
Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are all out of Tottenham's Champions League showdown with Barcelona tomorrow. What we need is to have players helping each other.
"We would have been teammates, and maybe I would have still been in Espanyol managing him!"
Spurs have not lost in their last three games while Barcelona's recent form is uncharacteristically poor with no win in their last three. "We must feel strong", Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported that Harry Kane is among 5 players that definitely need to leave their current clubs if they want to win the Champions League cup.
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...