Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur 'showed character' despite loss to Barcelona
04 October, 2018, 17:09 | Author: Isabel Grant
Ivan Rakitic, the scorer of Barca's second goal, said Messi was one of a kind. 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.
Most of Barcelona's team are household names but one you may be less familiar with is Arthur. "It will be tough because we've got to win the games".
Tottenham are in danger of crashing out at the group stage for the second time in three years.
Barcelona have six points to top the group as they lead Inter Milan on goal differential, while Tottenham have it all to do if they are to reach the last 16 having lost their opening two matches.
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.
Messi twisted away from Son as if swatting away an annoying fly, then unfurled a perfectly-weighted pass that picked out Jordi Alba's run behind Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier.
The Tottenham boss does have Hugo Lloris back though and he starts in goal.
And that failure to invest bit hard against Barca, with key men such as Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele all missing and Pochettino unable to call on anything like their quality as replacements.
Once again the creation and execution were breath-taking.
Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals. "You dream of playing in games like this and especially against players like Messi".
However, the hosts pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute as Kane cut onto his right before bending the ball into the far corner from 12-yards out.
Winks made five Champions League appearances for Spurs last season on their run to the last-16 where they were eliminated by Juventus, and the 22-year-old England worldwide, who broke into the first team at White Hart Lane in 2016, has relished the opportunity to learn from Europe's finest as Tottenham seek to establish themselves as a regular presence on the continent. Messi had the ideal response in the 56th minute when he cantered onto Alba's pass and side-footed past Lloris. But Messi had the last word when he slotted home from Alba's cross to ease Barca's nerves in the 90th minute.
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