Messi scores twice as Barca hold off Spurs comeback

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Mauricio Pochettino dismissed the notion that two-goal hero Lionel Messi dismantled Tottenham, the Spurs boss instead lamenting Hugo Lloris' early mistake against Barcelona in their Champions League defeat.

Messi is on a hot streak in the competition: He hit a hat trick in a 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven on Matchday 1 and, but for the width of a goal post on two occasions in this game, he would have walked off the pitch with four in London.

Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals. "He has scored two goals".

"The only way I can really describe it is he's just completed football".

Following Lionel Messi's incredible individual display in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, an FC Barcelona teammate of his has heaped praise on the Argentine.

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Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net.

Although Arthur impressed his coach, the former Gremio midfielder highlighted Messi's impact and echoed Philippe Coutinho's assessment that the Argentina attacker is the greatest player ever. He's the best player in the world, and it'll be nice to play against him. He was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch. He has five goals in two UCL games this season, at a rate of one goal every 36 minutes.

Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris. "To score in the second minute helped open the game up for us".

The visitors, returning to Wembley for the first time since lifting the Champions League there in 2011, extended their lead in stunning fashion soon after Kane had Spurs' first shot. Yes, Kane is still only 25 years old and has time on his side, but he will have his work cut out to get on Messi's level.

"He's a fantastic player", Pochettino said after the game.

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