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Experienced defender Piqué has appeared vulnerable

Lionel Messi scored twice and powered Barcelona to a 4-2 win against Tottenham in Champions League Group B at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Downshire Primary School pupil got the opportunity to lead out the teams as the main mascot through her dad Nicky, a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur supporter. But unfortunately for him, so too did Barcelona's. I'll watch the game back, I'll dissect my game.

They were obviously saving themselves for this game.

Coutinho finished with poise after Hugo Lloris' rush of blood to the head early on to sprint out for a ball he was never going to get to. Twenty-six minutes later, Messi produced another moment of brilliance with a cross to Luis Suarez that preceded the 20-yard strike from Ivan Rakitic, which doubled the Spanish champions' lead.

Now Barca looks to have a foot into the next round, but Spurs are in trouble.

Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona.




A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery. 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. The first half was extraordinary and we are happy because everything went as we wanted'.

Champions League football by February?

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.

"He's a fantastic player", Pochettino said after the game.

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. The game was a bit unusual, it could've gone 4-1 but then we got it back to 3-2 but it was just that they had the end product - it shows that they have taken their chances.

A lot has been written and a lot more has been said following the snub he rather undeservingly received from UEFA for the Player of the Year award.

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