Pochettino: Lloris error, not Messi performance, led to Spurs loss

Pochettino: Lloris error, not Messi performance, led to Spurs loss

Pochettino: Lloris error, not Messi performance, led to Spurs loss

Tottenham fullback Kieran Trippier admits they found Barcelona ace Leo Messi hard to handle for tonight's Champions League defeat.

He played a part in Barcelona's first two goals, hit the post twice early in the second half, and eventually got on the score sheet when he started and finished the best move of the night to make it 3-1.

He also loves to play against Premier League teams, as he's scored more goals and provided more assists versus English teams than against teams from any other nation in European competitions.

"The only way I can really describe it is he's just completed football".

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.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic then doubled the lead by firing home an acrobatic half-volley off the inside of the post from 20 yards.

And it got worse for the visitors in the first half, with Edison Cavani and Angel di Maria adding two more.

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Swiftly playing the ball back in side, former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho was on-hand to finish the chance off well.

Llorente also hailed Lionel Messi, who scored twice at Wembley and received wide praise for his performance.

"[Messi] was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch". Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a ideal dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

Only when Messi struck his second in stoppage-time, his fifth of this season's tournament after a hat-trick against PSV, could coach Ernesto Valverde breathe a little easier.

A late Messi goal sealed a game which was in the balance up until the dying minutes.

Spurs fell behind after less than two minutes at Wembley and found themselves 2-0 down at the break. Everyone who has played against him has said the same thing.

Messi and Co. have been written off by many already, and after going three years without winning the Champions League, they will have to clean up their defensive deficiencies to have a real chance of winning it all in Madrid in May.

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