Pochettino praises Spurs’ character in Barca loss

Pochettino praises Spurs’ character in Barca loss

Pochettino praises Spurs’ character in Barca loss

But Harry Kane halved Spurs' deficit in the 52nd minute, shortly after Messi had twice hit the post for the visitors.

Here's what we learned from a thrilling encounter at Wembley which will go down as a classic. It's a shame that we allowed them to score two goals from very few chances.

Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season's tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier. You can also stream the match with a subscription to B/R Live.

'It was a very hard game tonight, they have top players up front, they moved the ball a lot and we ran a lot during the first half.

Philippe Coutinho took only 92 seconds to give Barca the lead at Wembley on Wednesday, with Rakitic's unstoppable 25-yarder doubling the Catalan side's first-half advantage.

"In some respects, the second half can be good for us to be the benchmark for our games in the Champions League now".

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.

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. I hope he does well - but I hope Tottenham win the game. The pressure was relentless and Barcelona's finishing was ruthless.

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Coutinho finished with poise after Hugo Lloris' rush of blood to the head early on to sprint out for a ball he was never going to get to.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic then doubled the lead by firing home an acrobatic half-volley off the inside of the post from 20 yards.

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

Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente has said Barcelona are the favourites to win the Champions League. Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.

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.

Losing Eriksen, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen through injury ahead of such a big night was a cruel blow for Pochettino.

Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners in the end at Wembley but Spurs almost forced a famous comeback after clawing the game back to 3-2.

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.

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