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Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur 'heroes' for not giving in against Barcelona

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Jennie Wade | 04 October, 2018, 17:11

It will be tough because they are must-win games.

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi.

But although second-half strikes from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave Spurs hope of salvaging something from this game, Barcelona held on for the victory.

It was a near faultless performance from the Argentine but Pochettino was happy with how Spurs dealt with him in the first half although conceded he was hard to stop as the game developed.

'There are some games you look forward to a lot and this was one of those and we're very happy with how the players responded, ' added coach Ernesto Valverde, who had faced heavy criticism in the media in the build-up to the game.

He also loves to play against Premier League teams, as he's scored more goals and provided more assists versus English teams than against teams from any other nation in European competitions.

Messi scored Barca's third and fourth goals at Wembley.

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.

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If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below. He rushed off his line to pressure Jordi Alba, who cut back for Coutinho. But what the scoreline did do was set the stage for a pulsating second-half.

"And it's never easy away from home in the Champions League, especially against a team like Tottenham". The first half was extraordinary, there were some fantastic moves.

Barcelona have six points to top the group as they lead Inter Milan on goal differential, while Tottenham have it all to do if they are to reach the last 16 having lost their opening two matches.

You weren't supposed to be watching him, Kieran, you were supposed to be trying to tackle him.

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.

Tottenham were decimated by injuries to Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele and it took 25 minutes before they finally had a shot when Kane brought a routine save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

Had Spurs had a fully fit squad to choose from, they could have nicked a point against Barcelona, or maybe even more.

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