Five things we learned in the defeat to Barcelona

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Hugo Lloris

Tottenham took on the mighty Barcelona in the Champions League last night, pushing the Spanish giants close but ultimately losing 4-2 on the night.

This marks Spurs’ second loss from two games in this years’ European competition.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

Messi is a bit good

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say the opposition were better than you on the day. As well as Tottenham played, no team on the planet is a match for the Argentinian magician on his day.

Unfortunately for Tottenham, it was Messi’s day alright as he scored two and hit the post twice in the second half of the match.

Take a bow, Messi.

Spurs have depth

It seems that Tottenham are constantly getting called out for not having strength in depth in their squad.

However, Spurs just went toe to toe with potentially the best club in the world, and almost came up with a point despite having countless first team stars missing.

No Eriksen, no Alli, no Vertonghen, no Dembele, no Aurier, no Vorm, no Janssen, no Amos. I’m not saying that these players all would have started the match, but at the very least they would have strengthened the bench.

Winks, Wanyama, Lamela and Sanchez came into the side and did themselves proud.

Lamela is invaluable

What a performance from our own resident Argentine yesterday evening. Lamela covered every inch of every blade of grass on that battered Wembley pitch.

He closed down the ball, won it high up the pitch, drove Spurs forwards and even scored and set up a goal for his side.

That marks six goals in six games for the midfielder who has to be one of THE in form Prem players.

Lloris has competition

I am aware that it was Hugo’s first game back in a while, but the French keeper made a few costly errors in the match.

Such errors against the calibre of opposition like Barca means conceded goals, which is exactly what happened in the second minute when Lloris came charging out. Perhaps staying at home would have saved his team a goal.

Hugo also had a number of other scares during the match, and he could find Gazzaniga breathing down his neck, after the young keeper picked up three man of the match awards in his first three Spurs games.

Tottenham are improving

Say what you want about Tottenham, a few weeks ago they would have lost this game five or six nil.

Over the past few fixtures, Spurs have built in form and confidence, and now look like an impressive team once again.

Kane is back to his clinical best, Lamela is on fire, and Harry Winks is back impressing in a Lilywhite shirt. Happy times.

 

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