Tottenham steadied themselves after conceding, but struggled to create anything going forward, as Barca held over 60 percent of the ball in the first half.
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. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.
"Messi sets the standard", Kane said. "As players you want to play against the best in the world and Messi is certainly that, a fantastic player, and we will do our best to stop him".
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.
Messi put matters to rest just before full-time after a bad giveaway from the Tottenham defence left the Barca talisman alone with only Lloris to beat and he made no mistake, tucking the ball into the bottom right corner to seal the points.
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Muncy's pinch-hit homer gave him 34 for the season and the drive splashed into McCovey Cove beyond the right-field arcade. Joe Panik and Evan Longoria got the only hits, a pair of singles, for the Giants , who went 5-21 in September.
"We played a good game and we had opportunities to extend the lead before and not have to suffer so much, but this is the Champions League".
Tottenham's fatigue is largely down to the World Cup exertions of many of Pochettino's players, but also a result of the lack of new additions during the summer. We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.
Messi was unsurprisingly pleased with the win, particularly after Barcelona's poor recent run.
"We got off to a great start last season, beating Dortmund at home". "It will be tough because we've got to win games". Tottenham face back-to-back games against PSV Eindhoven with both teams having lost their first two matches. They will be starting this match with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier all out due to injuries. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.
If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.