Rakitic: Barcelona superstar Messi different to other players

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium

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.

Working the ball from just outside their own box up the pitch, a wonderful pass from Lionel Messi fed in Jordi Alba down the left-hand side.

Lionel Messi scored two of Barcelona's goals against Tottenham.

Pochettino felt the early blow undermined his gameplan but hailed his team as "heroes" for hanging in the game.

Tottenham were handicapped by injuries to Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen but Pochettino said: 'When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything.

"To concede, I think all the plan was destroyed", said Pochettino.

Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners in the end at Wembley but Spurs almost forced a famous comeback after clawing the game back to 3-2. It was a positive performance from Spurs as the sides played out a goalless second-half. 'I want to congratulate the team, because we were always in the game, always fighting, never giving up.

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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". Of course in the second half when we are 2-0 down you are going to give more space and we were more attacking and it's so hard to stop this kind of player.

"We had a few problems", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.

"Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and Co". Lucas Moura could have equalised for us.

"If we start the game this way, it's so tough for the players". The most important thing was our character'.

The Argentine made one and scored another two in a 4-2 win at the venue of the club's 1992 and 2011 Champions League final victories - a win which leaves Spurs rock bottom of the group ahead of a pivotal back-to-back against PSV Eindhoven.

Tottenham have collected zero points from their opening two Champions League fixtures this season, with Barca and Inter both on six. They are going to need at least four points from those games to feel like they have a strong shot.

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