Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Messi: The Champions League is the icing on the cake

Messi: The Champions League is the icing on the cake

Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with a big save in the first half and, generally speaking, you can assume they'd still win plenty of games even if they conceded an average of one per game due to the prowess of their attack.

The home side got back into it through Erik Lamela and Harry Kane but Lionel Messi was in inspired form and his second half brace ensured Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners.

Messi has now hit the woodwork nine times this season, and although that appears to be unlucky there is also an explanation: he is so precise with his shooting, aiming unerringly for the very corner of the goal, that he only needs to be out by a fraction and the post will get in the way.

Barca set their stall out to end Real's European reign before a ball was even kicked this season with Messi in his first statement as new club captain after the exit of Andres Iniesta promising to "bring this lovely cup back home to the Camp Nou".

But Lionel Messi added more salt to the wound of the Spurs' fans when he netted the third goal for Barcelona in the 56th minute with Jordi Alba providing the assist.

"When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything".

There was one more Argentine player who scored in the match but for Tottenham.

"We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League".

Tottenham lost their opening European game at Inter Milan, leaving the Premier League side with no margin for error as they try to qualify for the knockout stages.

"The Champions League is the icing on the cake for everyone", he said after the game. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.

Just look at this thunderbolt of a strike from the Croatian midfielder.

And that failure to invest bit hard against Barca, with key men such as Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele all missing and Pochettino unable to call on anything like their quality as replacements. "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same".

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