Barcelona beat Tottenham 4-2 in Champions League game at Wembley

04 October, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

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 scored his second to seal the 4-2 victory late on.

Tottenham and Barcelona square off in a marquee Champions League matchup Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

Messi has made a strong start to the season with 10 goals in all competitions, including five in La Liga and as many in the Champions League.

Messi's second goal was a stunner, which epitomised his performance, with the Argentine stroking the ball home at the near post after neat build-up play by Coutinho and Luis Suarez.

'It was a game we needed to win and to concede straight away destroyed the plan.

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. But there was no doubting the superiority of the Spaniards, for whom Ivan Rakitic struck a stupendous second-half volley, whose progress to the knockout stages now looks close to assured. 'I want to congratulate the team, because we were always in the game, always fighting, never giving up.

"We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first half".

Messi would not miss again, though, sending Alba clear down the left with a trademark curling pass and timing his run into the box perfectly to slot a first-time finish past Lloris to restore Barca's two-goal lead four minutes later. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute. Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and co.

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. Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world'. "I feel proud for the effort of the players".

"Those who play football understand completely that if you start that way in this type of game, in a Champions League game against a team like Barcelona, you can not concede these types of chances".



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