Three things we learned: Tottenham v. Barcelona

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       Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham should relish playing Barcelona

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.

Messi scored Barca's third and fourth goals at Wembley.

Pochettino pointed to that mistake as the key component to why Barcelona were able to dictate the game and get Messi into plenty of space.

Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.

Messi scored twice in an excellent attacking display from the Spanish champions, who were twice pegged back in a breathless second half. He has five goals in two UCL games this season, at a rate of one goal every 36 minutes.

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona due to their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino's men to be facing one of Europe's most unsafe teams. "It's an honour to play alongside him".

Can Spurs salvage anything from this game, or have Barcelona already picked up all three points?

It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca's demise were greatly exaggerated.

In their Group B opener last month, Spurs suffered a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan.

Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column. The first half was extraordinary, there were some fantastic moves.

Erik Lamela's deflected strike kept Tottenham in the hunt, but Messi capped a mesmerising performance in the final moments to give Barca a second successive group-stage victory as they emerged from their recent struggles.

Considering his well-earned reputation as one of the world's most feared strikers, it is nearly inexplicable that Luis Suarez has now gone more than three years without an away goal in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side meanwhile are third but six points behind Barcelona and second-placed Inter Milan, and face a hard task to progress to the knockout stages.

Losing Eriksen, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen through injury ahead of such a big night was a cruel blow for Pochettino.

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