Brilliant Lionel Messi conducts Catalans in unrelenting win

Brilliant Lionel Messi conducts Catalans in unrelenting win

Lionel Messi bagged a brace as FC Barcelona defeated Tottenham Hotspur in a six-goal thriller at Wembley Stadium in the UEFA Champions League.

The little genius was inches away from putting the game to bed two minutes into the second half as he hit the base of the left post with a guided shot from the edge of the box, and Messi was denied by the woodwork again on 51 minutes with a carbon copy of his previous effort.

Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.

But Messi, who scored in the 2011 final win over Manchester United, was afforded more space in the second half.

Mauricio Pochettino certainly called it when, the day before his side met Barcelona at Wembley, the Tottenham manager admitted he could not find a solution for dealing with Lionel Messi and that he just told his players to relish the experience of facing against arguably football's greatest-ever player.

"Then we are capable every season, Tottenham, of being in the Champions League and matching teams like Madrid or Barcelona". If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?

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"The Champions League is the icing on the cake for everyone", he said after the game.

Do not forget that we are talking about the Champions League - the top level of the club game and arguably higher even than the World Cup in terms of depth of quality - yet Messi made Tottenham look like school kids as he mesmerised Pochettino's players.

Lloris's sweeper instincts almost cost his side again with 20 minutes left, only for Toby Alderweireld to bail him out when pouncing on the ball before Messi could shoot.

'We are a team that needed to win and to concede [so early] the plan was destroyed.

"It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries", Pochettino said.

"We can't talk about topics, we need to talk about reality". The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.

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