Messi, Rakitic light up Wembley as Barcelona sink Spurs

Sherman Parsons
October 4, 2018

Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Tottenham players as "heroes" after they nearly came from 2-0 down against a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona.

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.

And when Messi made it 4-2 in the 90th minute, it was Suarez once again whose dummy created space for Barcelona's No.10 to score.

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. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?

"Sometimes things happen like last season with [FIFA The Best winner] Luka [Modric], but with all the respect to Luka, there's a guy that is different, and it's Leo".

Being dubbed a cross between Xavi and Andres Iniesta must be a huge weight on Arthur's shoulders, but the Brazilian midfielder is living up to that lofty billing.

He then scored twice after the break, helping Ernesto Valverde's side to a 4-2 victory.

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Alba also praised Messi following the match, saying FIFA's "The Best" award was a lie and that the Argentina worldwide "eats at a separate table". And when Leo runs we have no choice but to grit our teeth.

"Leo has proved that he is the best player in the world", Alba said.

"We have been a very [supportive] team".

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona due to their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino's men to be facing one of Europe's most risky teams. "Then you would have said we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world". The result takes away a lot of the enjoyment from the game, but in years to come, when I look back and say I played against - in my opinion - the greatest player to ever play football, it will be a proud moment. "It's impossible to put it in better condition for today and Saturday of course". When I was at Valencia I had the same opinion.

It was a testament to Tottenham's character that they twice scored goals through Harry Kane and Erik Lamela to give themselves hope of an unlikely draw, but Barca were always deservedly one step ahead.

"There is no comparison with another player and everyone knows it".

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