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

Three things we learned: Tottenham v. Barcelona

Three things we learned: Tottenham v. Barcelona

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. Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory. "We were a solid unit and I'm happy with everyone's performance".

The Catalans' domination of domestic matters in La Liga in recent years has been overshadowed by eternal rivals Real Madrid's romp to three consecutive Champions League titles.

"As for Messi, what else is there to say?"

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 handsome cup back home to the Camp Nou".


Spellbound by Messi's magic, Tottenham backed off again moments later as the striker hit the woodwork for a second time.

In a dramatic second half, Tottenham's Harry Kane reduced the deficit before the majestic Messi added Barcelona's third.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

Nobody disputes the genius he showed for the first time more than a decade ago and has demonstrated consistently since but, after so long at the top and having played more than 800 games, we have to accept that nights like these, when he illuminated Wembley, might be less frequent. "It's an honour to play alongside him".


Pochettino has a host of injury problems to cope with, as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele are all out.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

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.

Had Spurs had a fully fit squad to choose from, they could have nicked a point against Barcelona, or maybe even more.


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