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Poch set to visit old foes at Barcelona [Image: Getty]

The Argentine coach played for Barca's city rivals Espanyol for two seasons and managed them for three years up until 2012.

Pochettino and Tottenham were drawn off the Nou Camp outfit in the Champions League last night.

Pochettino has been horrified Argentine Lionel Messi.

In January, when pressed on the prospect Pochettino said, "I would prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than to go to work in certain places.

"I am an Espanyol supporter. For me, before being a manager, being loyal is more important.

"I am an Espanyol fan. I love Espanyol. It's like Tottenham for me now. It's going to be impossible, one day, to move to Arsenal. It wants to be impossible. "

But Striker and Captain Harry Kane was thrilled about.

Pochettino kept his counsel about the tough draw earlier today, which saw the north Londoners also draw previous Champions League winners Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven the outcome.

"It's a brilliant draw, games at famous stadiums like the Nou Camp, the San Siro, it's a really good draw, one to relish," he said.

It's a brilliant draw, games at famous stadiums like the Nou Camp, the San Siro, it's a really good draw, one to relish

Harry Kane

"We showed people last season that we can compete at this level, especially when you look at the games against Real Madrid, who went on to win the tournament.

"Barca wants to play some of the best players in the world ̵

1; it's fantastic to play in these types of games.

"You want to play in big games against the best pl

"PSV wants to be tough, a huge team in Holland and Inter as well, a great history. It's a brilliant draw. "

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp what's upbeat despite being handed a" huge challenge. "

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Last season's beaten finalists want to face a paris St Germain side boasting Neymar and World Cup sensation Kylian Mbappe in their front line.

Napoli and Red Star Belgrade stood in their way but Klopp insisted his side fear no one.

"If you think about the group, you're already out," he said.

"I expect a difficult group, that's what the Champions League is all about."

"Now It's a big challenge, but it's a big challenge to face us.

"It's probably fair to say no-on What are we looking for? "We want Liverpool. PSG and Napoli – two absolutely top teams – Liverpool as the third team! "

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Mo Salah was a guest at the draw He won neither, with the Luka Modric winning the overall prize and the third candidate Cristiano Ronaldo not

Manchester United fans will certainly welcome Ronaldo's presence when he returns to Old Trafford, this time in the black and white shirt of Juventus.

Negotiating their way out of a group so containing seasoned Spanish campaigners Valencia and Swiss out

Pep Guardiola is determined to prove he can win Europe's elite competition with a side other than his all-conquering Barcelona outfit.

A group containing Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon and Hoffenheim Txiki Begiristain said: "We want to be stronger in Europe and we want to have the opportunity to fight for this Champions League."

City have been given a favorable draw

"The Champions League is very important every season," he said.

"We are

"In England to win back-to-back Premier League is important so we have to focus on all competitions. Of course, it's very good.

"We have two good players in almost every position, so we're ready to go for everything."

Begiristain says City wants to take nothing for granted in their group and remember how Shakhtar were the first side to beat the blues last season in December.

"It's never easy," he said. "We know Shakhtar and we are back against them.

"Then we have two very good clubs in Lyon and Hoffenheim. They have done a very good job over the past few years, so it will not be easy. "


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