Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur 'showed character' despite loss to Barcelona


"It's so hard afterwards to assess".

However, there is a reason why so many not following the cult of Barcelona, which admittedly tends to not incite the purest of devotions, take exception to such, for the lack of a better word, blasphemy in the name of the biggest football federation in Europe.

"I think in the first half we probably showed them a little bit too much respect", Winks said. We will not leave aside any competition.

But Pochettino rejected the opinion that Messi had nearly single-handedly dismantled his team, adding: "We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first half".

Philippe Coutinho took only 92 seconds to give Barca the lead at Wembley on Wednesday, with Rakitic's unstoppable 25-yarder doubling the Catalan side's first-half advantage.

Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners, the Spanish giants seeing off a valiant Spurs' fightback in the second half.

"We need to be focused on their whole team, not just Messi".

Barcelona travelled to Wembley to face Tottenham in the Champions League and by the end of the game it had turned into the Messi show.

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Messi has scored 65 goals in 128 appearances since making his Argentina debut in August 2005.

"It was 4-2 of course for Barcelona but the team did everything and I feel so proud about their performance".

They have been rolling out the playing surface at Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium this week.

"It's like he's got a remote control in his hand, assesses the situation, and says "yeah, right, let me just plot the location and I'll put the ball exactly where I want to put it, on a sixpence".

"Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Co".

"I am not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said on Tuesday. It's so tough. When you play at this level you can't concede these type of chances. Nothing, because the period the grass needs to grow is more time than we gave because the boxing was here [just over] 10 days ago.

Barca have won both of their opening matches in the Champions League this season, with Messi scoring five goals across the two fixtures. We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.