'Messi eats at his own table', says Alba after Wembley masterclass

Elena Summers
October 4, 2018

Ahead of the game Harry Kane was ridiculed for saying he'd like to score more goals than Lionel Messi.

Mauricio Pochettino certainly called it when, the day before his side met Barcelona at Wembley, the Tottenham manager admitted he could not find a solution for dealing with Lionel Messi and that he just told his players to relish the experience of facing against arguably football's greatest-ever player.

Barcelona can always rely on Messi and he came up with two goals in the second half and he now has five goals from two games in the Champions League.

Spurs fell 2-0 behind inside the first half at Wembley before Harry Kane halved the arrears shortly after half time, only for Messi to restore Barca's advantage with a close-range finish.

Powering into the Barca area with intent, Kane side-stepped Nelson Semedo and planted a powerful low strike into the far corner for his 10th goal in 12 Champions League appearances.

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona due to their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino's men to be facing one of Europe's most unsafe teams. We're not going to leave any competition to one side.

Messi scored twice at Wembley to cap off a fine individual display as he petrified Tottenham's defense every time he dropped deep to pick the ball up and set off on yet another mesmeric run.

Spurs now face an uphill task to qualify from their Champions League group after losses against Inter Milan and Barcelona.


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

The lead was short-lived, though, and Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead within five minutes.

The Catalan giants got off to a flawless start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in.

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.

On the other hand Suarez once again failed to score and has now gone nearly three years without a goal away from home in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side meanwhile are third but six points behind Barcelona and second-placed Inter Milan, and face a hard task to progress to the knockout stages.

Pochettino has a host of injury problems to cope with, as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele are all out.

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