Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs

Ross Houston
October 4, 2018

Ivan Rakitic said Lionel Messi is different to other players as he lauded the Barcelona superstar following his mesmerising display against Tottenham in the Champions League. It's so tough. When you play at this level you can't concede these type of chances. And their job at Wembley was made no easier when Hugo Lloris came flying off his line in the second minute to make Philippe Coutinho's life a lot easier as he stroked the ball home from the edge of the box. "The UEFA Champions League puts a cherry on top of every season, but in order to win it, you have to keep your chances of winning La Liga alive until the end".

Messi ran amok at Wembley Stadium, slicing Spurs apart with incisive passes from deep, such as the one that allowed Philippe Coutinho to open the scoring, and was as unsafe as ever in front of goal, firing in the Catalan side's final two goals to end their winless run of three games.

Spurs twice rallied, making it 2-1 and then 3-2 and almost equalising with a deflected Lucas Moura effort, but Lionel Messi's 90th-minute strike - his second goal of the night - ended Spurs' hopes.

Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier accepted Barca earned their victory but said his team, without star men Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen due to injury, can be satisfied with a second-half fightback that saw goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

"We can't talk about topics, we need to talk about reality".

Messi arrived at Wembley with a reputation as one of the best players to have ever played the game. "He is the best in the world and he makes all of us a little bit better". "But I think for Barcelona it was worse because in the history of football Barcelona always try to play along the grass".

Messi is on a hot streak in the competition: He hit a hat trick in a 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 and, but for the width of a goal post on two occasions in this game, he would have walked off the pitch with four in London. Today once again he has been the best.

Mauricio Pochettino's men faced a hard task trying to get off the mark in their group having lost in the opening round against Inter Milan. "We're still thinking the same, though, that all is possible".

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