Messi is the best ever - Coutinho hails Barcelona star

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Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch.

Tottenham steadied themselves after conceding, but struggled to create anything going forward, as Barca held over 60 percent of the ball in the first half.

Coutinho gave Barca a second-minute lead at Wembley on Wednesday but it was Messi's brace in the second half that ensured Ernesto Valverde's men ended a run of three games without a win.

Injury-hit Tottenham faced an uphill task against the five-times European champions once Philippe Coutinho scored after two minutes and when Ivan Rakitic's breathtaking volley made it 2-0 before halftime a hammering looked on the cards.

"After 45 minutes, Lionel Messi, I don't think we conceded one chance to him".

Harry Kane's 10th Champions League goal gave Spurs hope and, although Messi soon put Barca 3-1 up, Erik Lamela struck to set up a grandstand finish.

"Even when I played against him, I saw the ball, thought he'd overrun it and thought I'd take it off him and go one way". Move on because in the first half we conceded in the first minute and we can not talk about topics.

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'If we do things in the right way and work as a team it's very hard to beat us.

"We can talk about Tottenham and their efforts later on, but you have to marvel at this guy here", Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

The pitch at Wembley was in a poor state, 11 days after the stadium hosted Anthony Joshua's heavyweight boxing match against Alexander Povetkin, and Spurs must play on the surface again on Saturday when they host Cardiff.

"I am not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said on Tuesday. My dad is always asking me for his shirt. What can we do?

It is easy to blame Spurs' haphazard display on having key players out injured, but there's no doubt that had a huge impact on their fluidity at both ends of the pitch as they've started up their UCL group stage with defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona. The goal galvanized the home side, who had some decent moments as they chased the game, but Messi put the result to bed in the 90th minute, capitalizing on a Tottenham giveaway.

Do not forget that we are talking about the Champions League - the top level of the club game and arguably higher even than the World Cup in terms of depth of quality - yet Messi made Tottenham look like school kids as he mesmerised Pochettino's players.