Vintage Lionel Messi provides yet another reminder of his greatness

Pochettino far left playing against Barca for Espanyol. Image PA Images

Pochettino far left playing against Barca for Espanyol. Image PA Images

Spanish television show El Chiringuito de Jugones discussed the relationship between the two, and claimed that the two have clashed in recent weeks, leading to a "complete breakdown" in the relationship.

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.

Here's what we learned from a thrilling encounter at Wembley which will go down as a classic.

The five-time world player of the year could even afford to hit the post twice before scoring in the second half as the five-time European champions made it two wins out of two in Group B.

The home side got back into it through Erik Lamela and Harry Kane but Lionel Messi was in inspired form and his second half brace ensured Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners.

Philippe Coutinho took only 92 seconds to give Barca the lead at Wembley on Wednesday, with Rakitic's unstoppable 25-yarder doubling the Catalan side's first-half advantage. What Messi had in skill, Kane matched in grit.

Everybody who will play the game in the future will also be struggling to match him.

"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half".

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi.

Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Lucas Moura then forced Ter Stegen into a save from 19 yards out after picking up the ball in midfield and running at the defence on 81 minutes, and the Brazilian saw his goalbound strike from 10 yards out deflected wide of the left post by Lenglet three minutes later.

Thirty-two seconds after the second of those let-offs for Spurs, Kane dragged them right back into the match with his curled finish past Ter Stegen after working the ball onto his right foot.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

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