Vintage Lionel Messi provides yet another reminder of his greatness

Lionel Messi placing the ball- Lionel Messi's goal scoring in the Champions League so far eclipses Kane's

Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were all looking for the ball in-behind and nobody was there to slot them in, even though Harry Winks put in a fine display to try and shut Barcelona down.

Rakitic stole the spotlight midway through the first half when the Croatia midfielder struck with a thunderous half-volley.

Coutinho gave Barca a second-minute lead at Wembley on Wednesday but it was Messi's brace in the second half that ensured Ernesto Valverde's men ended a run of three games without a win.

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.

Spurs, quite simply, paid the price for their slow start which enabled Philippe Coutinho to put the visitors ahead inside two minutes.

"It was 4-2 of course for Barcelona but the team did everything and I feel so proud about their performance".

But Pochettino rejected the opinion that Messi had nearly single-handedly dismantled his team, adding: "We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first half".

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. Move on because in the first half we conceded in the first minute and we can not talk about topics. "Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world".

They have been rolling out the playing surface at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium this week.

"I think for both teams the pitch wasn't great", said Pochettino. My dad is always asking me for his shirt. By the time I thought I'd come away with it and I'm going to be running at the back four, he's already taken it off me and he's running at our back four, before I'd even noticed!

"Of course you understand that it wasn't in the plan to play this type of game in this period at Wembley".

From Ivan Rakitic's mind-boggling goal to Messi's brilliance and the grit of Kane, this game had it all.

Do not forget that we are talking about the Champions League - the top level of the club game and arguably higher even than the World Cup in terms of depth of quality - yet Messi made Tottenham look like school kids as he mesmerised Pochettino's players. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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