Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs

04 October, 2018, 17:11 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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The Catalan side doubled their lead in the 28th minute, Rakitic firing a superb volley in off the post after good work from Messi and Coutinho down Spurs' right. He plays at another level, he scores goals, he provides assists, he runs as much as the most. "The emotion becomes tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and Suarez".

His performance was so impressive that he was widely compared to Barca legend Xavi on social media and by pundit Rio Ferdinand, who hailed his "magnificent Xavi-esque" display in helping put on "a clinic" in dominating a game.

That is what happened at Wembley where the other players also came to the fore, and they got the scoring underway against Tottenham before Messi put the icing on the cake in the second half.

Messi has made a strong start to the season with 10 goals in all competitions, including five in LaLiga and as many in the Champions League.

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

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

The main area Barcelona can improve is defensively.

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.

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. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?

Mauricio Pochettino's men faced a hard task trying to get off the mark in their group having lost in the opening round against Inter Milan.

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.

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. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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