However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage. He and Rakitic were so quick and decisive with the ball, setting a tempo which Tottenham couldn't cope with. Of course in the second half when we are 2-0 down you are going to give more space and we were more attacking and it's so hard to stop this kind of player. "I feel proud for the effort of the players". In the second half, we just fought, we went for it and gave it everything. What Messi had in skill, Kane matched in grit.
'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. Kane has 146 for Spurs but has scored 10 goals in his 12 UCL appearances to date. "It will be tough because we've got to win games".
They were obviously saving themselves for this game. He rushed off his line to pressure Jordi Alba, who cut back for Coutinho. The pressure was relentless and Barcelona's finishing was ruthless.
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Coutinho finished with poise after Hugo Lloris' rush of blood to the head early on to sprint out for a ball he was never going to get to.More news: GOP Senators Await FBI Report In Anxiety-Filled Capitol
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The main area Barcelona can improve is defensively.
"But for me the most important thing was that in the second half we played and we showed character".
Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.
Having played the role of provider, Messi upped a gear after half-time and began to embark on the mazy, unstoppable dribbles that have defined his career.
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. Spurs bounced back by winning their last two Premier League matches. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.