Messi lights up Wembley as Barça sink Spurs

Messi lights up Wembley as Barça sink Spurs

When you're scoring as many goals as he is - 40, 50 or 60 goals a season - as a striker, I want to try and match that.

Ahead of the game Harry Kane was ridiculed for saying he'd like to score more goals than Lionel Messi.

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.

"Messi sets the standard", Kane said.

'To chase the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, to be competitive in the second half [they are heroes].

Pochettino did, however, hail his team's resilience as they mounted a second-half fightback.

Yet Tottenham fell behind after returning goalkeeper Lloris, playing for the first time since being convicted for drink driving, made an very bad mistake for Barcelona's opener by rushing out of his goal while full-back Kieran Trippier was also deceived by Messi's brilliant pass in the build-up.




MESSI was in spectacular fashion and every where on the pitch for Barcelona.

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.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column.

"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".

'We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute. While a clash with the Blaugrana is always big, Tottenham's opening matchday defeat to Inter Milan makes the game a must-win as the North Londoners can not afford to fall behind and put pressure on themselves. Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were all looking for the ball in-behind and nobody was there to slot them in, even though Harry Winks put in a fine display to try and shut Barcelona down.

Spurs will have to take on Barcelona without Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen, who have joined Dele Alli on a growing casualty list.

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