Messi double helps Barcelona get past Tottenham in Champions League

Mae Harvey
October 4, 2018

Messi has scored 103 Champions League goals, the second-highest total in the tournament's history, and Kane said: "He's set the standard".

'We are a team that needed to win and to concede [so early] the plan was destroyed.

The introduction of Fernando Llorente for the final 10 minutes made clear that Spurs would go all out for an equaliser, and it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score the game's sixth goal before Messi struck for a second time.

"I'm disappointed with the result, but the effort was massive", he said.

The emotion becomes tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and Suarez.

However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage.

Messi would not miss again, though, sending Alba clear down the left with a trademark curling pass and timing his run into the box perfectly to slot a first-time finish past Lloris to restore Barca's two-goal lead four minutes later.

'When you start a game at this level against Barcelona you can not concede these types of chances. "Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want".

The pitch at Wembley was in a poor state, 11 days after the stadium hosted Anthony Joshua's heavyweight boxing match against Alexander Povetkin, and Spurs must play on the surface again on Saturday when they host Cardiff. "But I think for Barcelona it was worse because in the history of football Barcelona always try to play along the grass". We will be close to matching these type of players. What can we do? "It's impossible to put it in better condition for today and Saturday of course".

Barcelona have six points to top the group as they lead Inter Milan on goal differential, while Tottenham have it all to do if they are to reach the last 16 having lost their opening two matches. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them". "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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