UEFA Champions League Report: Tottenham Hotspur v FC Barcelona 03 October 2018

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Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

Messi had the final say, though, as he tucked home from 10 yards out in the final minute after Suarez dummied Alba's cross from the left to put the Argentine into space.

Pochettino did, however, hail his team's resilience as they mounted a second-half fightback.

Tottenham Hotspur have a big game coming up in the Champions League when they host La Liga giants FC Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho had the visitors ahead inside of two minutes, smashing a half-volley into an empty net after Hugo Lloris was caught out trying to chase down a Messi through ball.

The Barcelona supporters sang his name, the scoreline was shaped by his feet and intelligence and Spurs now find themselves facing a battle to stay in the Champions League.

"We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League".

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"For me, it motivates me to get even better and improve and one day score as many, if not more than he has", said the England captain.

But question marks do remain about their ability to seriously challenge for the Champions League title this season, despite making it two wins from two to open up group play. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

The main area Barcelona can improve is defensively.

Valverde said after Barca lost at Leganes last month that every defeat is an "earthquake" for the club, with talk of crisis intensifying after he rested Messi and saw his side held by Athletic Bilbao at the weekend. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them".

Just look at this thunderbolt of a strike from the Croatian midfielder.

From the side that famously beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley just under a year ago; Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were all absent through injury. After two games they are six points back but have two winnable games against PSV coming up. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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.

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