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04 October, 2018, 17:11 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Malcom Filipe Silva of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Jose Zorrilla

Winks, who was starting in his first Champions League game of the season, played the full 90 minutes as he continues his rehabilitation from the ankle injury which kept him out of last season's run-in, and afterwards spoke of his pride at having shared a pitch with the five-time Balon d'Or victor.

Being dubbed a cross between Xavi and Andres Iniesta must be a huge weight on Arthur's shoulders, but the Brazilian midfielder is living up to that lofty billing. Looking for a gap, he has some qualities that come in handy. Judging by this, it won't take him long.

After a run of three matches without a win, Barcelona needed their big players to turn up against Tottenham in the Champions League.

A lot of Barcelona's players, brilliant though they still are, are getting on in years.

Ernesto Valverde's side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games.

"But, with all respect, Luka and the others know there is a player who is different to the others, and that is Leo Messi".

"He was a bonus". Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

"The core of their team is exceptional".

Working the ball from just outside their own box up the pitch, a wonderful pass from Lionel Messi fed in Jordi Alba down the left-hand side.

"For 45 minutes, we didn't concede one chance to Messi - but of course when we are 2-0 down and you give more space as we are attacking", Pochettino said.

"It was 4-2 of course for Barcelona but the team did everything and I feel so proud about their performance".

"I was gonna nick it". I'm not going to complain about the pitch.

Barcelona were two up before the half-hour mark thanks to a sensational goal from Ivan Rakitic, who side-volleyed home an unstoppable shot after Coutinho had played the ball back to him at the top of the penalty area.

"It's like he's got a remote control in his hand, assesses the situation, and says "yeah, right, let me just plot the location and I'll put the ball exactly where I want to put it, on a sixpence". He's the captain and maybe he thought, "I need a little bit more". I'll watch the game back and I'll dissect my game.

"There's world class players but him, he's ahead of world class players".

They were obviously saving themselves for this game.



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