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Messi: The Champions League is the icing on the cake

04 October, 2018, 08:56 | Author: Delia Walker
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Messi scored his second to seal the 4-2 victory late on.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League.

Pochettino felt the early blow undermined his gameplan but hailed his team as "heroes" for hanging in the game.

Real had got off to a rather slow start to the season, which eventually cost them the Spanish league title, before picking up pace and clinching their third consecutive Champions League title.

Englishman Harry Kane pulled one goal back for Spurs in the 52nd minute after receiving an excellent pass from Eric Lamela in which Barcelona goalie Stegan had no answer for.

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

"To concede a goal so early, we destroyed the plan", he said.

"We played a great match and in the first half we were extraordinary so we are happy because everything went as we wanted it to". "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same".




Pochettino did, however, hail his team's resilience as they mounted a second-half fightback. We were competitive and always we were in the game.

But Pochettino rejected the opinion that Messi had nearly single-handedly dismantled his team, adding: "We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first half".

"We had a few problems", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. Messi also started the move that saw Suarez and Coutinho combine to set up Ivan Rakitic to volley superbly into the top of the net.

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.

"Those who play football understand completely that if you start that way in this type of game, in a Champions League game against a team like Barcelona, you can not concede these types of chances". The most important thing was our character'.

Barcelona won its first Champions League match, beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick; however, Barca's last three league matches have either ended in a loss or a draw.

"It's never easy to be an away team in the Champions League and even less so against a team like Tottenham".

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're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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