Tottenham’s Harry Kane sets sights on Messi as Barcelona come to town

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character". In the second half, he had more space and that is hard to stop.

Messi has now hit the woodwork nine times this season, and although that appears to be unlucky there is also an explanation: he is so precise with his shooting, aiming unerringly for the very corner of the goal, that he only needs to be out by a fraction and the post will get in the way.

Messi had the final say, though, as he tucked home from 10 yards out in the final minute after Suarez dummied Alba's cross from the left to put the Argentine into space.

Messi produced a gorgeous ball to send Jordi Alba scampering clear down the left channel and, with Lloris having raced out and left his goal unmarked, the left-back squared for Coutinho to tuck away his first Barca goal in the Champions League.

Harry Kane halved the deficit early in the second half, only to see Messi score at the other end soon afterwards, before Erik Lamela pulled another one back for Spurs on 66 minutes.

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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. As many as five first-team starts have been ruled out of the game and Pochettino will essentially be naming a second-string side to take on Barcelona. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

Arthur has played in three LaLiga matches against Alaves, Huesca and Girona and just seven minutes against PSV in the Champions League.

"We got off to a great start last season, beating Dortmund at home".

Messi and Co. have been written off by many already, and after going three years without winning the Champions League, they will have to clean up their defensive deficiencies to have a real chance of winning it all in Madrid in May. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them". They will be starting this match with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all out due to injuries.

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