UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona 03 October 2018

UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona 03 October 2018

UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona 03 October 2018

Messi produced a gorgeous ball to send Jordi Alba scampering clear down the left channel and, with Lloris having raced out and left his goal unmarked, the left-back squared for Coutinho to tuck away his first Barca goal in the Champions League. "He plays a different game to anyone I've ever seen and he's the greatest of all time in my book".

Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

"Messi had more space in the second half and that is hard to stop", Pochettino said.

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

Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris.

He also loves to play against Premier League teams, as he's scored more goals and provided more assists versus English teams than against teams from any other nation in European competitions.

"Barcelona were the better team on the night but we'll take plenty of positives out of it".

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The Catalan giants got off to a flawless start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic then doubled the lead by firing home an acrobatic half-volley off the inside of the post from 20 yards. Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.

"And it's never easy away from home in the Champions League, especially against a team like Tottenham".

Spurs did manage to carve out a couple chances as the half went on, but the LaLiga outfit did well to preserve their lead as they headed into the break.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost both of their group matches after a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in their opener.

You weren't supposed to be watching him, Kieran, you were supposed to be trying to tackle him. Erik Lamela's deflected effort then made the scoreline 3-2 before Messi ended Spurs' hopes of a late comeback with a fourth for the visitors.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. Yet, Spurs had chances and took two of them, and they showed real desire to try and drag themselves back into the game.

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