Eric Dier On Bench - Tottenham Hotspur Team vs Barcelona Confirmed

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Lamela's deflected strike wrongfooted Ter Stegen and ensured a fantastic finale but, with Spurs committing men forward, Alba seized on a loose pass to set up Messi to sweep home his second.

While acknowledging Messi's quality, manager Pochettino felt his goalkeeper's error led to Tottenham's second consecutive loss in Group B. The first-half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in how we planned to play.

"Those who play football understand completely that if you start that way in this type of game, in a Champions League game against a team like Barcelona, you can not concede these types of chances".

The relationship between Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at Barcelona is reportedly on an all time low this season after the last two games played by the reigning Spanish champions.

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".

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Ivan Rakitic scored Barca's second in the first half after Suarez had pulled the Spurs defence out of position to latch onto Lionel Messi's cross, while Messi netted the third after a clever dummy by Suarez at the near post. It was a positive performance from Spurs as the sides played out a goalless second-half. He has five goals in two UCL games this season, at a rate of one goal every 36 minutes. Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and co.

But the problem was that Tottenham's front four - especially the advanced midfield trio of Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min - allowed themselves to be bypassed so easily.

That lack of investment threatens to stall Spurs' progress under Mauricio Pochettino as having reached the last 16 last season, an early Champions League beckons unless there is a big turnaround after starting with two defeats.

"It wasn't this plan to play this game on Wembley", Pochettino said.

New words would have to be invented to capture his magnificence, so we'll just have to settle for some old words, even if they can never truly suffice. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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