Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham Hotspur 'showed character' despite loss to Barcelona

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Messi scored a brace for Barcelona against Tottenham last night and Ferdinand said he was blessed to watch Messi in the match.

Messi was at his magical best, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor scoring twice to lead Barca to a 4-2 victory over Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday. It's not easy to play a UEFA Champions League game away from home, especially against a team like Tottenham. It's so tough. When you play at this level you can't concede these type of chances.

But Pochettino rejected the opinion that Messi had nearly single-handedly dismantled his team, adding: "We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first half".

Ivan Rakitic scored Barca's second in the first half after Suarez had pulled the Spurs defence out of position to latch onto Lionel Messi's cross, while Messi netted the third after a clever dummy by Suarez at the near post.

"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".

"In the second half, with a lot of space, it's unbelievable how much he ran and dribbled and the possibilities to score, but come on".

"Come on, move on, because in the first half we concede in the first minutes". 'Sometimes a player has a great season like Modric did, but we all know Messi is different'.

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They pushed for a late victor but it was Messi that got the sixth goal of the game.

Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone labelled Antoine Griezmann "the best player in the world" after he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday, but Llorente disagreed and reserved praise for Messi and teammate Harry Kane.

Barca have won both of their opening matches in the Champions League this season, with Messi scoring five goals across the two fixtures.

With Spurs travelling to Camp Nou for their final group game in December, anything but two victories in those games, and another win at home to Inter Milan, would leave them needing to win in Barcelona to have any hope of making it into the round of 16.

In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

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