Tottenham Hotspur fell to their second successive defeat in the Champions League last night as Barcelona ran to a 4-2 victory.
Spurs actually put up a very respectable and proud performance at Wembley, with a severely depleted team, but Messi magic was to be their downfall.
The Argentine magician scored two goals and hit the post twice in the second half alone, and generally pulled the strings for Barca for the entire 90 minutes.
Tottenham were without core members of their spine last night, with Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli all out injured, along with a number of other squad names.
Spurs did actually have chances to draw level in the game at 3-2, with Lucas in particular failing to convert an opportunity late on, as it deflected wide for a corner.
Hugo Lloris was one of Tottenham’s worst performers of the night, and was largely at fault for the first goal inside two minutes, which dictated the pattern of the rest of the game.
Now some people are calling into question whether the Frenchman is good enough to be Tottenham’s number one and club captain.
Ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino said on talkSPORT: “Hugo Lloris is Tottenham’s club captain and he’s won the World Cup, but I don’t actually think he’s that good.
“He’s a great shot-stopper, he’s always had that ability, but I’ve never felt he’s been that commanding. He’s lightweight, he’s not very good with the ball at his feet and he makes rash decisions, he comes tearing out of his 18 yard box.
“I’ve never felt he’s going to be a goalkeeper that leads Tottenham close to a title.
“He’s a bit of a liability at times for Spurs and it’s cost them in some big games.
“He has these brainstorms in his game every now and again.
“I look at it in the same way as the problem Liverpool had with Simon Mignolet.
“They made a massive decision to go and get Alisson, because the manager knew they had to reach another level.
“I look at Lloris and I just think there are better goalkeepers out there who could be the number one for Spurs, and I think that will be the next thing Pochettino will do.
“I’d argue that Burnley have got three goalkeepers who are every bit as good, if not better, than Hugo Lloris.”
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