A quick start from Barcelona dismantled any chance of upsetting the La Liga champions.
The atmosphere at Wembley was electric before kick-off with a sell-out stadium. But the mood quickly dropped as a Philippe Coutinho goal inside two minutes before Ivan Rakitic’s screamer destroyed any hope for Spurs to fight back. A second half performance from Spurs saw the two goal deficit halved before the La Liga side wrapped up the three points in the 90th minute.
Lionel Messi Shines at Wembley
Messi Steals the Light
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players to grace the game. Last Night, the Argentine definitely showed his class with one outstanding performance. The 30-year-old scored two goals whilst also hitting the post twice with him also setting up the first goal. Messi also created two huge chances with 87% pass completion. Barcelona’s number 10 was benched for their last La Liga game which has seen the Catalans club failed to win in their last three games.
Lionel Messi vs Spurs:
2 posts hit
23 more touches than any Spurs player
87% pass completion
3 key passes
2 big chances created
2 dribbles completed
1 tackle pic.twitter.com/RiU6HXoYkd
— FORÇA BARÇA (@ForcaBarcaEN) 3 October 2018
A Quick Start From Barcelona
Mauricio Pochettino would have set his team to defend one of the best attacks in the world but would have been disappointed with a goal inside two minutes after Hugo Lloris’ blunder. Lionel Messi collected the ball in the centre circle and put in a wonderful through ball. The French keeper came out but was in no-mans-land as Coutinho had an open goal to give Barcelona the lead. Then it was not long again as Rakitic unleashed a rocket from 35 yards out. Coutinho missed hit shot found it way to the Croatian midfielder who hit it on the half volley with Hugo Lloris having no chance of keeping that out.
Harry Winks’ Second Half Performance
The 22-year-old has just returned from an lengthy injury which ended his chance of making the England World Cup squad. Winks struggled in the first half against one of the best clubs in the world and failed to get in the first 45 minutes. However, the second half was completely different as the midfielder became Spurs’ best player. Winks provided the attacking force whilst providing a defensive stability, as one of their own nicked the ball of Lionel Messi and took the ball straight forward.