Marca's headline about Lionel Messi after Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona speaks volumes

Kristopher Nichols
October 5, 2018

"To concede, I think all the plan was destroyed,"said the Argentine".

Some more poor play from Lloris saw Messi nearly score soon after as the La Liga giants pushed for a fourth goal.

"In the second half, with a lot of space, it's unbelievable how much he ran and dribbled and the possibilities to score, but come on". Tottenham face back-to-back games against PSV Eindhoven with both teams having lost their first two matches.

It was a near faultless performance from the Argentine but Pochettino was happy with how Spurs dealt with him in the first half although conceded he was hard to stop as the game developed.

Following the 4-2 defeat inspired by Lionel Messi, nine-year-old Grace Brown from Dromore suggested that in hindsight she maybe should have stood on the Barcelona striker's toes in the tunnel before the game.

The Barcelona captain was in sensational form on Wednesday evening, scoring twice, hitting the woodwork two further times, and dictating play in a dominant 4-2 victory for the Catalans.

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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".

"These are the games you want to be involved in, that you dream of playing in", Trippier said to BT Sport.

"We can't talk about topics, we need to talk about reality".

"I am not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said on Tuesday.

Llorente also hailed Lionel Messi, who scored twice at Wembley and received wide praise for his performance. You're talking about players who have played at the highest level for many years, so to play against them, it's special. Nothing, because the period the grass needs to grow is more time than we gave because the boxing was here [just over] 10 days ago. "With all due respect to other players who have won (things), we know there is a player who is different to the others and that is Leo Messi".

But question marks do remain about their ability to seriously challenge for the Champions League title this season, despite making it two wins from two to open up group play. "It will be tough because we've got to win the games. We still think the same - that all is possible".

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