Lionel Messi produced his latest breathtaking performance for Barcelona at Wembley to leave Tottenham with a Champions League mountain to climb in Group B after Maurucio Pochettino's team suffered a second successive defeat in the competition. The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.
Spurs will have to take on Barcelona without Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, who have joined Dele Alli on a growing casualty list.
Harry Kane and Erik Lamela twice reduced Spurs' deficit, but Messi made the difference by scoring a double as the La Liga champions withstood a rousing finale from the hosts. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?
"In the second half, with a lot of space, it's unbelievable how much he ran and dribbled and the possibilities to score, but come on".
'To play against Barcelona, when you concede after one minute, I think our players are heroes, ' said Pochettino.
Alba was set through after a defence-splitting pass from Lionel Messi but Lloris needlessly vacated his goal in a moment of madness to gift Coutinho the chance.
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Pochettino pointed to that mistake as the key component to why Barcelona were able to dictate the game and get Messi into plenty of space.
Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.
'When you start a game at this level against Barcelona you can not concede these types of chances. Lucas Moura could have equalised for us.
That lack of investment threatens to stall Spurs' progress under Mauricio Pochettino as having reached the last 16 last season, an early Champions League beckons unless there is a big turnaround after starting with two defeats. "It will be tough because we've got to win games".
Hoping to add to Barca's problems, Kane says Tottenham will draw on the memories of last season's stunning 3-1 Wembley win over Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".