Coach Mauricio Pochettino and his pupils are bowed, the talent of Lionel Messi after Tottenham 2-4 defeat to Barca in the Champions League group stage.
With Barcelona’s excellent performance at Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Philippe Coutinho beat the hosts 4-2. With this result, Barca take the lead in Group B with 6 points after two rounds. Next is Inter Milan (6 points but low), Tottenham and PSV (0 points).
Speaking about the match this morning, coach Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham said: “This is a very difficult game. When you get the goal right after 2 minutes, you will have to change the calculation. The early defeat was the biggest reason we had to lose. Apparently between Tottenham and Barca there is still a gap. ”
“I have to send greetings to them. Barca played better and deserved to win. Anyway, I still feel proud of my students, they have been playing to the last moments. Tottenham will have to make more efforts in the next match.
“Messi is a great player. Messi makes a difference, he is the kind of player that any team is desperate to get. ”
Meanwhile, right-back Kieran Trippier praised Messi for his impressive performance at Wembley with a brace: “Messi is excellent, with Messi having the ball, it’s hard to get the ball off his feet. So fast and clever, we were really powerless to prevent him from scoring, but the fact is that Barca played better and they deserved to win. ”
In addition, Trippier also shared the mistake of goalkeeper Lloris out of the goal to stop Alba. Then, the Spanish defender paid back for Coutinho ice to hit the empty net right at 2 minutes: “As a goalkeeper, you have to make decisions quickly. Sometimes the decision can be right or wrong, it is important that you make the courage to make your own choices. I think Lloris is not wrong when it comes to ice, but obviously Barca took advantage of the opportunity too well.”
Barça boss Ernesto Valverde said: “After some bad results, the most important thing is that we are back in the game.” The team’s reaction was impressive. It was a tough game and Tottenham were not comfortable. We had some problems but everything was fine to settle down “.