Maestro Messi lights up Wembley as Barca sink Spurs

Maestro Messi lights up Wembley as Barca sink Spurs

Maestro Messi lights up Wembley as Barca sink Spurs

"Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suárez, Coutinho".

Ernesto Valverde's men had failed to win their last three games and looked nervy in the closing stages, but Messi capitalised on poor defending in the last minute to ensure his team join Inter on maximum points after two games in Group B.

It was a near faultless performance from the Argentine but Pochettino was happy with how Spurs dealt with him in the first half although conceded he was hard to stop as the game developed.

And Roberts suggested on social media that Pochettino's side can take a lot of heart from the performance, while he also reserved praise for Lamela - who was arguably Spurs' best player on the night - Kane and Harry Winks. "To play against him was an honour". We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.

In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho pressed Tottenham's shaky back line early and they never stopped.

Spurs now face an uphill task to qualify from their Champions League group after losses against Inter Milan and Barcelona. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory.

Ivan Rakitic doubled their lead on 28 minutes and Spurs found themselves at the mercy of Messi, who struck the post twice before scoring a third after Kane had cut the deficit in half for Spurs.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. Lucas Moura could have equalised.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

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