Messi: The Champions League is the icing on the cake

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

After losing their first game in this season's Champions League campaign, the expectation of all Spurs' fans was for their players to impress them against Barcelona, but they disappointed.

Luis Suarez threatened again for Barca two minutes later with an angled shot that went wide of the far post after Messi played him in on the right, before Coutinho drove at goal shortly afterwards and fired straight at Lloris from 20 yards out.

The choreography buildup to the goal was a sight to behold: Messi split Spurs backline with a flawless through-pass to Jordi Alba, who found Coutinho at the top of the box. "Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want".

However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage.

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

"In the second half, with a lot of space, it's unbelievable how much he ran and dribbled and the possibilities to score, but come on".

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"The Champions League is the icing on the cake for everyone", he said after the game. Move on because in the first half we conceded in the first minute and we can not talk about topics.

It was a near faultless performance from the Argentine but Pochettino was happy with how Spurs dealt with him in the first half although conceded he was hard to stop as the game developed.

He scored one on that occasion, but he made it two against Spurs by burying a chance following another Suarez dummy in the 90th minute. Victor Waynama and Harry Winks will look to control midfield, while Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son support Harry Kane. Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world'.

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.

'We are a team that needed to win and to concede [so early] the plan was destroyed. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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