Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

He began his trail of destruction in the second minute with a stunning pass to Jordi Alba that fooled Hugo Lloris and led to Philippe Coutinho scoring Barcelona's first goal of the night.

"It's so hard after this for the team to feel confident to play". "It will be tough because we've got to win games". Erik LAMELA scored the second goal for his team, a great one at that from just outside of the penalty area.

But Messi, who scored in the 2011 final win over Manchester United, was afforded more space in the second half.

Luis Suarez threatened again for Barca two minutes later with an angled shot that went wide of the far post after Messi played him in on the right, before Coutinho drove at goal shortly afterwards and fired straight at Lloris from 20 yards out.

The two goals helped Barcelona beat the Premier League side 4-2 and comfortably sit atop Group B.

Tottenham got off to a awful start as an error in judgement from the returning Hugo Lloris let Barcelona in after just two minutes. "I am going to say to the players: 'Enjoy playing against Messi.' This is the type of player that you are going to remember". In defence, Pochettino goes with Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez.

The Barcelona supporters sang his name, the scoreline was shaped by his feet and intelligence and Spurs now find themselves facing a battle to stay in the Champions League.

Rumors of Barcelona's demise appear to be greatly exaggerated. Messi also started the move that saw Suarez and Coutinho combine to set up Ivan Rakitic to volley superbly into the top of the net.

It is easy to blame Spurs' haphazard display on having key players out injured, but there's no doubt that had a huge impact on their fluidity at both ends of the pitch as they've started up their UCL group stage with defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Kane did his job, as he usually does, in holding the ball up and trying to bring others into play, but when he dropped deeper to lay balls off, neither Eriksen or Alli were there to link up with him. After two games they are six points back but have two winnable games against PSV coming up.

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.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

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