Lionel Messi unsatisfied despite win over Tottenham Hotspur

Lionel Messi unsatisfied despite win over Tottenham Hotspur

In the second half, he had more space and that is hard to stop.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League. After Messi had hit the post for the second time in quick succession, Spurs broke quickly, working the ball to Erik Lamela, who played in Kane.

However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage. The emotion becomes tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and [Luis] Suarez. He has five goals in two UCL games this season, at a rate of one goal every 36 minutes.

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.

Do you think Barca are contenders to win the UCL title this season? Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.

Tottenham steadied themselves after conceding, but struggled to create anything going forward, as Barca held over 60 percent of the ball in the first half.




Tottenham's Harry Winks has said that Lionel Messi is the greatest player ever and has "completed football" after witnessing the Argentine's genius at close quarters on Wednesday.

Having played the role of provider, Messi upped a gear after half-time and began to embark on the mazy, unstoppable dribbles that have defined his career. Lucas Moura could have equalised.

Pochettino has a host of injury problems to cope with, as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier and Mousa Dembele are all out.

The last time the Uruguayan was on the Champions League scoresheet away from Camp Nou was against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico back in September 2015 and he walked off the Wembley turf having failed to end that barren run.

Vidal has always been a regular in his previous teams including Juventus and Bayern but now he has a different role where he has been on the bench and come on in the final minutes.

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