Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as Barcelona sink Spurs
- Author: Stacy Allen Oct 05, 2018,
Oct 05, 2018, 2:02
Mauricio Pochettino was disappointed by Tottenham's defending in their 4-2 defeat at Wembley to Barcelona in Wednesday night's Champions League clash, but also praised them after they nearly got something out of the game.
Messi is on a hot streak in the competition: He hit a hat trick in a 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 and, but for the width of a goal post on two occasions in this game, he would have walked off the pitch with four in London.
And although they twice clawed their way back into the game at 2-1 and 3-2 through Harry Kane and Erik Lamela, they were undone again when Luis Suarez's superb dummy left Lionel Messi to grab Barca's fourth and his second in the final minute to secure the win. "Bottom corner. There was a similar goal he scored in the Premier League as well". "I think it was a complete performance, especially in the first half where we were clearly superior".
The France and Spurs captain rushed off his line in the second minute but misjudged the weight of Lionel Messi's pass, with Jordi Alba setting up Philippe Coutinho to score in an unguarded goal. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory. I congratulated him because he deserves it.
The former England star claimed Messi's decision making is better than anyone else now playing. "When he's in that form, he's magic to watch".
Lionel Messi has not spoken about their last two games, and according to the report by UK Mirror, Gerard Pique is unhappy with the situation. "But I think for Barcelona it was worse because in the history of football Barcelona always try to play along the grass".
Ernesto Valverde's men had failed to win their last three games and looked nervy in the closing stages, but Messi capitalised on poor defending in the last minute to ensure his team join Inter on maximum points after two games in Group B.
"He's a fantastic player", Pochettino said after the game.
His longstanding rival Ronaldo has scored 105 of his 120 Champions League goals in the colours of Real Madrid - a record now matched by Messi.