UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona 03 October 2018

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And their job at Wembley was made no easier when Hugo Lloris came flying off his line in the second minute to make Philippe Coutinho's life a lot easier as he stroked the ball home from the edge of the box.

And, in case you are wondering, Messi has scored 562 goals in 647 games for Barcelona, with 105 in the Champions League.

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi. I say it honestly, not because he plays on my team. Of course in the second half when we are 2-0 down you are going to give more space and we were more attacking and it's so hard to stop this kind of player. We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.

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 global, 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.

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Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.

Can Spurs salvage anything from this game, or have Barcelona already picked up all three points? 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.

Now Barca looks to have a foot into the next round, but Spurs are in trouble.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.

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

Tottenham were decimated by injuries to Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and it took 25 minutes before they finally had a shot when Kane brought a routine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

But Barcelona needed the mercurial Messi at his best to repel a tenacious Spurs fightback as Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave the hosts, described as "heroes" by their manager Mauricio Pochettino, a glimmer of hope. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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