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.
Lionel Messi produced his latest breathtaking performance for Barcelona at Wembley to leave Tottenham with a Champions League mountain to climb in Group B after Maurucio Pochettino's team suffered a second successive defeat in the competition.
"We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League".
If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below. When you're scoring as many goals as he is - 40, 50 or 60 goals a season - as a striker, I want to try and match that.
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.
Messi capped off a fine night with his second goal at the death to bring an end to a thrilling contest in the English capital.
Ahead of the game Harry Kane was ridiculed for saying he'd like to score more goals than Lionel Messi.
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Kane's hard work on the right flank led to Spurs second as he won the ball back from Barcelona and teed up Lamela, whose shot took deflected off Clement Lenglet and over the outstretched arms of a diving Ter Stegen to again cut the deficit to one goal.
"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".
"Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Co". We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.
"It wasn't this plan to play this game on Wembley", Pochettino said.
"It's never easy to be an away team in the Champions League and even less so against a team like Tottenham".
They have a tough job to get out of the group now with both Barca and Inter having six points on the board. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".