Three things we learned: Tottenham v. Barcelona

Hope Soto
October 5, 2018

Messi, who scored for Barca in the 2011 final against Manchester United at Wembley, revelled in the wide-open spaces and twice sliced through the Spurs defence shortly after the break, thudding shots against Lloris's right post.

"If you watch football and understand it you will know how hard it is to come out of the dressing room and find yourself 1-0 down so early", he added. You're talking about players who have played at the highest level for many years, so to play against them, it's special.

Aided by a rush of blood from Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Barcelona went ahead after only 92 seconds as Philippe Coutinho scored their quickest Champions League goal since 2005.

Following the 4-2 defeat inspired by Lionel Messi, nine-year-old Grace Brown from Dromore suggested that in hindsight she maybe should have stood on the Barcelona striker's toes in the tunnel before the game. Not one. Of course, he's the best player in the world but come on, in the first half we conceded in the first minute. Although the Lilywhites' boss will take some comfort from his side's fighting spirit in the second-half.

"I think in the first half we probably showed them a little bit too much respect", Winks said.

"In some respects, the second half can be good for us to be the benchmark for our games in the Champions League now".

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"Always we have up and down in the form of the players". If that were actually true then the four above him would have to be gods because Messi is not of this earth, as he showed again on Wednesday.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba.

"We can talk about Tottenham and their efforts later on, but you have to marvel at this guy here", Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

"I am going to say to the players: 'Enjoy playing against Messi.' This is the type of player that you are going to remember".

Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona. "It will be tough because we've got to win the games. Still thinking the same though that all is possible".

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