'Messi eats at his own table', says Alba after Wembley masterclass

Jan Vertonghen is one of several absentees for Spurs

Jan Vertonghen is one of several absentees for Spurs

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.

"All Champions League matches are like that".

That is what happened at Wembley where the other players also came to the fore, and they got the scoring underway against Tottenham before Messi put the icing on the cake in the second half.

Philippe Coutinho put the visitors ahead inside the opening two minutes at Wembley, following mistakes from Kieran Trippier and Hugo Lloris, and Ivan Rakitic made it 2-0 before the break.

Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris.

Messi was at his magical best, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor scoring twice to lead Barca to a 4-2 victory over Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.

Ernesto Valverde's side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games.

Manchester United BOOED OFF by fans after dour draw with Valencia
United's upcoming fixtures are even more hard compared to the ones they've faced so far and things could quickly get ugly. However, despite the draw Mourinho is not out of the woods just yet as he has not managed a win in his last four games.

"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".

But even if the bulk of his achievements are already written in the history books, he still possesses the magical ability to appear superhuman on a football pitch.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League.

Barca's victory also ended a three-game winless run and Alba praised their performance against Spurs. "When he's in that form, he's magic to watch". Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

The move began when Coutinho burst down the left before the former Liverpool man pulled the ball back across goal. The Brazilian didn't have a simple finish, but with Lloris out of goal it was a lot easier than it should have been. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen made a great save to keep out a Son Heung-min cross that sharply deflected off Gerard Pique, who was making his 100th Champions League appearance, and Messi hit the post twice in five minutes after the restart before Kane gave Spurs a lifeline.

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