Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs

by Leon Thompson October 5, 2018, 2:00
Messi Brace And Rakitic Rocket Lift Barca Over Spurs

They head to PSV Eindhoven for their next European fixture on October 24 knowing a win is essential as they already trail Barca and Inter by six points.

Messi produced a sublime performance as Barcelona beat Spurs 4-2 at Wembley, playing the defence-splitting passes for the opening two goals before scoring twice himself, while also hitting the post twice. "He has scored two goals".

"This guy, what he does on the football pitch, is just ridiculous".

Nobody disputes the genius he showed for the first time more than a decade ago and has demonstrated consistently since but, after so long at the top and having played more than 800 games, we have to accept that nights like these, when he illuminated Wembley, might be less frequent.

Barcelona travelled to Wembley to face Tottenham in the Champions League and by the end of the game it had turned into the Messi show.

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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. "I'm happy that he's scored two goals". Spurs could not get near him and he left the watching crowd gasping twice within the space of five minutes as two nearly identical efforts struck the same portion of Lloris's right-hand post.

Although Arthur impressed his coach, the former Gremio midfielder highlighted Messi's impact and echoed Philippe Coutinho's assessment that the Argentina attacker is the greatest player ever. He was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch. "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".

Hugo Lloris' position as Spurs' number one could come under threat after his big mistake in the Champions League defeat against Barcelona.

Spurs were always on the back foot after a Lloris error helped gift Barca the lead just 92 seconds into the game - Messi initially capitalising on some poor defending - before a stunning Ivan Rakitic volley doubled the advantage in the first half.

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. Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.

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