Kieran Trippier on playing against Lionel Messi after Spurs 2-4 Barcelona

Marcus Newton
October 4, 2018

And, in case you are wondering, Messi has scored 562 goals in 647 games for Barcelona, with 105 in the Champions League.

"I am not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said on Tuesday.

"Those who play football understand completely that if you start that way in this type of game, in a Champions League game against a team like Barcelona, you can not concede these types of chances".

"I'll tell my kids about it tomorrow on the school run".

Ivan Rakitic said Lionel Messi is different to other players as he lauded the Barcelona superstar following his mesmerising display against Tottenham in the Champions League. "It will be tough because we've got to win the games".

Winks, who was starting in his first Champions League game of the season, played the full 90 minutes as he continues his rehabilitation from the ankle injury which kept him out of last season's run-in, and afterwards spoke of his pride at having shared a pitch with the five-time Balon d'Or victor.

The double strike against Spurs took his all-time Champions League goal tally to 108 - just 13 behind Cristiano Ronaldo - and he has now scored a remarkable 22 goals in 29 appearances against English clubs.

"The only way I can really describe [facing him] is he's just completed football".

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"We still need to play four games and we are going to have it in our hands to be or not in the next stage", said Pochettino. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

Well, Kieran Trippier was asked that very question after Spurs' loss and gave a very honest answer, saying that Messi was "magic to watch".

It took Messi less than two minutes to show reports of Barca's demise were greatly exaggerated.

Tottenham improved after the break, and pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute. Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards. The Brazilian didn't have a simple finish, but with Lloris out of goal it was a lot easier than it should have been.

He was not finished there, though.

The hosts were back in the game in the 65th minute, with Erik Lamela's shot from distance taking a deflection off Gerard Pique and sailing past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

"All Champions League matches are like that".

He scored one on that occasion, but he made it two against Spurs by burying a chance following another Suarez dummy in the 90th minute. "It's an honour to play alongside him".

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