Tottenham fell to their second straight defeat in the Champions League this season as they followed up an opening defeat to Inter Milan with a 4-2 loss to Barcelona last night.
Barca came out the blocks at lightening speed, scoring within the first two minutes, largely thanks to some questionable decision making from Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris.
Essentially starting the game 1-0 down really carved the pattern of the game, with Tottenham always chasing to get back into it.
Barcelona added a second before long, through a Rakitic screamer, and from that point it was almost impossible for Spurs to best a flawless Barcelona.
Messi in particular was outstanding, scoring two goals and hitting the post twice in the second half.
Spurs did fight back time and time again, with goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela pulling them back to one goal behind on two separate occasions.
However, it was not to be, and Messi believes Tottenham were lost after the first few moments.
He told Movistar+: “It is never easy to play away from home in the Champions League, but we were extraordinary in the first half.
“We are happy because it turned out how we wanted too. The opposition were lost at the start and we were superior.”
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