Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

FC Barcelona - Champions League - 3 October 2018

FC Barcelona - Champions League - 3 October 2018

Mauricio Pochettino dismissed the notion that two-goal hero Lionel Messi dismantled Tottenham, the Spurs boss instead lamenting Hugo Lloris' early mistake against Barcelona in their Champions League defeat.

Spurs were always on the back foot after a Lloris error helped gift Barca the lead just 92 seconds into the game - Messi initially capitalising on some poor defending - before a stunning Ivan Rakitic volley doubled the advantage in the first half.

"After 45 minutes, Lionel Messi, I don't think we conceded one chance to him".

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes. In the second half, he had more space and that is hard to stop.

After losing their first game in this season's Champions League campaign, the expectation of all Spurs' fans was for their players to impress them against Barcelona, but they disappointed.

Spurs did manage to carve out a couple chances as the half went on, but the LaLiga outfit did well to preserve their lead as they headed into the break.

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The report added that Gerard Pique criticized Messi for not facing the media about the club in Barcelona but only when he is in Argentina.

To be fair, this match said more about Barcelona than it did about Tottenham. If Lucas Moura scored the third goal sure we talk about we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world.

Tottenham now face a monumental task to ensure they are still playing Champions League football ahead of their anticipated move into their new stadium later on in the season. "It will be tough because we've got to win games".

"Hopefully we can produce that same energy", he said.

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

Nobody disputes the genius he showed for the first time more than a decade ago and has demonstrated consistently since but, after so long at the top and having played more than 800 games, we have to accept that nights like these, when he illuminated Wembley, might be less frequent.

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