Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur 'heroes' for not giving in against Barcelona

Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur 'heroes' for not giving in against Barcelona

I'm always very happy when I see him'.

Mauricio Pochettino certainly called it when, the day before his side met Barcelona at Wembley, the Tottenham manager admitted he could not find a solution for dealing with Lionel Messi and that he just told his players to relish the experience of facing against arguably football's greatest-ever player.

Two goals from the Argentine following Philippe Coutinho's opener and Ivan Rakitic's volley helped Barca win 4-2 - and they were both fabulous finishes.

Some more poor play from Lloris saw Messi nearly score soon after as the La Liga giants pushed for a fourth goal.

"After a few bad results it was important to do well today".

The Barca captain was benched by Valverde for his team's draw with Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga last time out but was in mesmeric form against Tottenham. His predestined nature of providing thrilling performances, game after game, is now very much a part of our reality; like the law of gravity.

'We exchanged a few words.

Pochettino said his plan had gone out of the window after his side's woeful start.

Her dad Nicky said: "Zara and I are really proud of how calm Grace was walking out in front of 90,000 people".

Barcelona were vulnerable so they said, but on a pitch scarred from hosting British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua's fight against Alexander Povetkin they took only two minutes to catch Spurs in the solar plexus.

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.

The hosts responded with Kane firing in a shot that did not have enough venom to worry Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Tottenham refused to surrender as Harry Kane pulled a goal back but Messi took centre stage in the second half, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor finding the bottom corner of the net - having hit the post twice - before the superstar swept home a second during the closing stages after Erik Lamela struck for Spurs.

After going 2-0 up Barcelona threatened to run away with things but goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela pulled it back to 2-1 and 3-2 before Messi finished off Spurs late on.