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Mauricio Pochettino out to shock Barcelona again... just like 10 seasons ago with Espanyol

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When Mauricio Pochettino takes his Tottenham side to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night he will have no problem believing they can pull off their half of the necessary Champions League miracle by beating Barcelona.

In 2009, Barcelona were invincible under Pep Guardiola and Pochettino had just taken over Espanyol, who were bottom of the league.

Despite the lack of transfer reinforcements he was able to transform Espanyol's season and beat Guardiola's Barcelona.



Teams were terrified of Barcelona at the time and most coaches set their sides up to defend deep with 10 men behind the ball.

From the first kick he wanted his team to press high and not allow Barcelona defenders to play out comfortably from the back.

Espanyol celebrated their famous win and it banished any doubts over the young Pochettino.

Like any good former Espanyol player and any old pal of Pochettino, he will be hoping for February 2009 all over again.


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