Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

Barcelona hold off Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi. The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.

Kane and Messi will be the leading men at Wembley on Wednesday when Tottenham host Barcelona in a crucial Champions League clash.

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.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has just scored an absolute belter against Spurs in the Champions League tonight, putting the Catalan giants two-nil up in the first 45 minutes.

There is no doubt that Barcelona are prioritising the Champions League this season and the club and Lionel Messi have made that clear but the Argentine insists they will not be holding back in any competition.

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

Hugo Lloris was playing for the first time since August after recovering from a thigh injury but the Tottenham captain's mistake contributed to Barca's second-minute opener.

"Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Co".

Barcelona won its first Champions League match, beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick; however, Barca's last three league matches have either ended in a loss or a draw.

Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch. "As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that, a fantastic player, and we will do our best to stop him".

"I'm disappointed with the result, but the effort was massive", he said. We have it in our hands to be in the next stage. "But we solved them". We still think the same, that all is possible'.

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