Barcelona showed they are more than just Messi against Tottenham

Barcelona showed they are more than just Messi against Tottenham

Barcelona showed they are more than just Messi against Tottenham

"I think for both teams the pitch wasn't great", said Pochettino. It's so tough. When you play at this level you can't concede these type of chances.

"I did enjoy it", he told the Evening Standard.

Pochettino's players will not forget the Barcelona captain in a hurry and neither will the 82,137 fans who saw the 31-year-old deliver a masterclass performance, in which he scored twice and orchestrated so much more to inspire Barcelona's 4-2 victory over Spurs in Group B of the Champions League. Spurs put up a better fight after the interval, but Barcelona's second win in eight away Champions League games is a positive sign the LaLiga giants are getting back on track.

After the game was over, Messi and Lamela had a catch-up - having played together for the Argentine national team - and the Spurs ace, who also scored on the night, made sure to get a souvenir for his dad.

The double strike against Spurs took his all-time Champions League goal tally to 108 - just 13 behind Cristiano Ronaldo - and he has now scored a remarkable 22 goals in 29 appearances against English clubs.

"This guy, what he does on the football pitch, is just ridiculous".

"We still need to play four games and we are going to have it in our hands to be or not in the next stage", said Pochettino.

Spurs, quite simply, paid the price for their slow start which enabled Philippe Coutinho to put the visitors ahead inside two minutes. 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.

Instead of being 4-0 down, however, Tottenham striker Kane halved the deficit in the 52nd minute with a clinical finish.

"[Messi] was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch".

The lead was short-lived, though, and Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead within five minutes.

And minutes later, Tottenham would find their first when Harry Kane picked up an Erik Lamela pass, charged into the area and cut back to his right foot before powering a shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to make it 2-1.

He was not finished there, though. They also beat Manchester United 3-1 at the venue in the Champions League final in 2011. As it was, Tottenham's manager was left with nothing but superlatives to his fellow countryman.

"These are the games you want to be involved in, that you dream of playing in", Trippier said to BT Sport.

'He shows his style in every game that's why he is the best in the world and everybody knows it.

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