Pochettino praises Spurs’ character in Barca loss

Experienced defender Piqué has appeared vulnerable

Experienced defender Piqué has appeared vulnerableAP

Mauricio Pochettino says the early goal Tottenham conceded in Wednesday's Champions League group match destroyed their hopes of beating Barcelona and described his players as "heroes" for getting back within one goal of the Catalans.

Barca doubled their lead in the 27th minute as Coutinho turned provider to pick out Ivan Rakitic, who rifled a superb volley past Lloris from the edge of the box. "The most important thing is why Lionel Messi in every game shows why he is Messi".

On the other hand Suarez once again failed to score and has now gone nearly three years without a goal away from home in the Champions League. We controlled the half.

Here's what we learned from a thrilling encounter at Wembley which will go down as a classic. After two games they are six points back but have two winnable games against PSV coming up. "Winning the UCL is special, but we will keep fighting to win the league and the Copa del Rey", he concluded.

"It's not easy to change chip, you have to be switched on in the league to do well in Europe. If we all fight for the same objective the results will come".

Kane did his job, as he usually does, in holding the ball up and trying to bring others into play, but when he dropped deeper to lay balls off, neither Eriksen or Alli were there to link up with him.

However, Rakitic also singled out midfielder Arthur Melo for praise.

When asked if anybody could argue that Messi isn't the best, Alba said: "He dines at a different table to everyone else".

"When Leo runs, the rest of us only have to grit our teeth".

"We have been a very [supportive] team".

Asked if Messi is the best player on the planet, he continued: 'Yes for me he is the best in the world. "It's impossible to put it in better condition for today and Saturday of course".

"Messi eats at a separate table".

After the game was over, Messi and Lamela had a catch-up - having played together for the Argentine national team - and the Spurs ace, who also scored on the night, made sure to get a souvenir for his dad. When I was at Valencia I had the same opinion.

At Wembley, as rightly predicted, there was plenty of goals to savour and Messi was in the thick of a lot of them.

"There is no comparison with another player and everyone knows it".

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