Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Ernesto Valverde's side arrived in London for the Champions League Group B tie amid a mini-crisis after failing to win their last three La Liga games.

The lead was short-lived, though, and Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead within five minutes. I have not seen him in a long time.

And Roberts suggested on social media that Pochettino's side can take a lot of heart from the performance, while he also reserved praise for Lamela - who was arguably Spurs' best player on the night - Kane and Harry Winks.

Everybody who will play the game in the future will also be struggling to match him.

Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals.

"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half". He plays at another level, he scores goals, he provides assists, he runs as much as the most. We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.

But question marks do remain about their ability to seriously challenge for the Champions League title this season, despite making it two wins from two to open up group play.

Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.

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.

Most of Barcelona's team are household names but one you may be less familiar with is Arthur.

Messi, 31, was applauded off by both sets of fans after an absorbing advert for the Champions League which left Barca joint top of the group on six points with Inter Milan.

You weren't supposed to be watching him, Kieran, you were supposed to be trying to tackle him. Lucas Moura could have equalised.

And that failure to invest bit hard against Barca, with key men such as Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Dembele all missing and Pochettino unable to call on anything like their quality as replacements. Spurs bounced back by winning their last two Premier League matches. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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