Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur 'heroes' for not giving in against Barcelona

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After going 2-0 up Barcelona threatened to run away with things but goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela pulled it back to 2-1 and 3-2 before Messi finished off Spurs late on.

Rakitic, the scorer of Barca's second goal, said Messi was one of a kind. Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

"In part, his performance is why we played so well", said Rakitic. The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.

At Wembley, as rightly predicted, there was plenty of goals to savour and Messi was in the thick of majority.

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.

Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

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A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery. As the case was with the 2 goals scored by Kane and Lamela in the second half.

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.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch.

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.

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