Messi fires Barcelona to 4-2 win at Spurs

Pochettino's start in this season's Champions League wasn't ideal. Image PA Image

Pochettino's start in this season's Champions League wasn't ideal. Image PA Image

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

Pochettino felt the early blow undermined his gameplan but hailed his team as "heroes" for hanging in the game.

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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That's a pretty simple lesson and one that many teams have learned in the past, so it's very surprising that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino allowed his players to grant so much green grass - well, actually brown dust considering the shocking state of the Wembley "turf" - to the visitors. "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same". It was a positive performance from Spurs as the sides played out a goalless second-half. We were competitive and always we were in the game.

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

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Spurs did manage to carve out a couple chances as the half went on, but the LaLiga outfit did well to preserve their lead as they headed into the break. In the second half, he had more space and that is hard to stop.

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season. Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world'.

If you give plenty of space to Barcelona to play in midfield, you will die. The most important thing was our character'.

Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season's tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.

The last time the Uruguayan was on the Champions League scoresheet away from Camp Nou was against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico back in September 2015 and he walked off the Wembley turf having failed to end that barren run. They are going to need at least four points from those games to feel like they have a strong shot. We have it in our hands to be in the next stage. "It will be tough because we've got to win games". We still think the same, that all is possible'.

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