Messi is the best ever - Coutinho hails Barcelona star

04 October, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Experienced defender Piqué has appeared vulnerable

Spurs players simply couldn't handle Messi as he dropped deep to dictate play and constantly looked to go on his famous mazy runs. Of course in the second half when we are 2-0 down you are going to give more space and we were more attacking and it's so hard to stop this kind of player.

Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net. I'm always very happy when I see him'. "And it's never easy away from home in the Champions League, especially against a team like Tottenham".

Messi scored twice at Wembley to cap off a fine individual display as he petrified Tottenham's defense every time he dropped deep to pick the ball up and set off on yet another mesmeric run.

Spanish newspaper Sport have now come up with an explanation for why Messi acted as he did after scoring. "I feel proud for the effort of the players".

Messi shook his head in disbelief but soon silenced the home crowd again - this time side-footing inside the post from Alba's cross to finish a flowing move he started.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery. Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.


Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost both of their group matches after a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in their opener.

Messi produced a gorgeous ball to send Jordi Alba scampering clear down the left channel and, with Lloris having raced out and left his goal unmarked, the left-back squared for Coutinho to tuck away his first Barca goal in the Champions League.

Losing Eriksen, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen through injury ahead of such a big night was a cruel blow for Pochettino.

Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.

The hosts were back in the game in the 65th minute, with Erik Lamela's shot from distance taking a deflection off Gerard Pique and sailing past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Can Spurs salvage anything from this game, or have Barcelona already picked up all three points?

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