Former Tottenham and Spain midfielder Nayim believe that any team featuring Lionel Messi will dependably be favourites as Spurs prepare to face the Catalan giants in a crucial Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
The former Barcelona midfielder joined Spurs in 1988, capping 144 for Spurs and notching 18 goals.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side knows that they must better Inter Milan’s result against PSV to claim the second spot for the knockout stages of Europe elite competition, and are probably going to need a win.
However, Nayim has cautioned Tottenham that any side featuring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi will undoubtedly be at leverage.
Lionel Messi is already the top goalscorer in the Champions League this season with six in three appearances and he produced a world-class performance amid Barca’s 4-2 triumph over Spurs at Wembley back in October.
“Any team that has Leo is slightly more the favourite than the rest but in the end, he can not do it all by himself, it can happen that there are games that tie him very well and other teammates have to appear.
“Without a doubt, but there are other important teams that can win, Barcelona seems to have the Champions League as their main goal and until now I have seen how they are competing in Europe quite well. Source: Goal.com
Nayim also added that if Barcelona fails to go into the game without a fundamental force, the Premier League side still a chance to go the next round depending on a positive result: It depends on how Barcelona comes in. If it goes as Tottenham should, it will be very difficult for them even though they are capable of winning, they are a very solid team with very dangerous players.
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