Lionel Messi Barcelona made Tottenham look 'lost' in first half at Wembley

Lionel Messi Barcelona made Tottenham look 'lost' in first half at Wembley

"When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything".

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

Pochettino pointed to that mistake as the key component to why Barcelona were able to dictate the game and get Messi into plenty of space.

Barcelona can always rely on Messi and he came up with two goals in the second half and he now has five goals from two games in the Champions League. I have not seen him in a long time.

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona due to their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino's men to be facing one of Europe's most risky teams. He hit the post twice with near identical efforts at the start of the second half and it was one of those nights where the 31-year-old proved, once again, why he's the best player on the planet.

Messi now has five goals in just two European games this season, having scored a hat trick against PSV Eindhoven last month. Erik Lamela pulled one back for Tottenham before Messi added a fourth in the final minute.

In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

Messi twice hit the post after mesmerizing runs, then finished calmly for Barca's third as they looked to be it.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders. Twenty-six minutes later, Messi produced another moment of brilliance with a cross to Luis Suarez that preceded the 20-yard strike from Ivan Rakitic, which doubled the Spanish champions' lead.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column. But what the scoreline did do was set the stage for a pulsating second-half.

"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".

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

Mauricio Pochettino's men faced a hard task trying to get off the mark in their group having lost in the opening round against Inter Milan.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

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