'What Lionel Messi Does Is Outrageous'

Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed by Tottenham's defending in their 4-2 defeat at Wembley to Barcelona in Wednesday night's Champions League clash, but also praised them after they nearly got something out of the game.

Pochettino's players will not forget the Barcelona captain in a hurry and neither will the 82,137 fans who saw the 31-year-old deliver a masterclass performance, in which he scored twice and orchestrated so much more to inspire Barcelona's 4-2 victory over Spurs in Group B of the Champions League. "He has scored two goals".

"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".

Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde hailed Arthur's display after his side ended a run of three games without a win by beating Tottenham in the Champions League.

Ahead of the game Harry Kane was ridiculed for saying he'd like to score more goals than Lionel Messi.

Two goals from the Argentine following Philippe Coutinho's opener and Ivan Rakitic's volley helped Barca win 4-2 - and they were both fabulous finishes.

'The Champions League is the dessert for everyone, but to get it you have to be good in the league and cup, ' he told Movistar.

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"[Messi] was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch".

Messi put matters to rest just before full-time after a bad giveaway from the Tottenham defence left the Barca talisman alone with only Lloris to beat and he made no mistake, tucking the ball into the bottom right corner to seal the points.

Alba alertly picked out Coutinho on the edge on the penalty area and, with Lloris having needlessly rushed off his line, the former Liverpool forward was able to fire into the empty net. "But, with all the respect in the world towards Luka and the others, there's a player who is different to everyone else - and that's Leo Messi".

"He's a fantastic player", Pochettino said after the game.

Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.

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  • Lawrence Cooper