Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Rakitic: Barcelona superstar Messi different to other players

Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium Lionel Messi lit up Wembley Stadium
| 04 October, 2018, 08:52

Ivan Rakitic scored Barca's second in the first half after Suarez had pulled the Spurs defence out of position to latch onto Lionel Messi's cross, while Messi netted the third after a clever dummy by Suarez at the near post.

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. 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. What Messi had in skill, Kane matched in grit.

Tottenham and Barcelona square off in a marquee Champions League matchup Wednesday at Wembley Stadium.

With Spurs travelling to Camp Nou for their final group game in December, anything but two victories in those games, and another win at home to Inter Milan, would leave them needing to win in Barcelona to have any hope of making it into the round of 16.

Messi made it 3-1 with a cool finish but Erik Lamela's deflected 66th-minute shot set up a pulsating finale in which Spurs came close to snatching a point that had seemed unlikely.

"It's so hard after this for the team to feel confident to play".


'We played with the handicap of conceding after one minute.

Kane has been prolific for Tottenham over the last four years, but he admits he needs to become even more ruthless with his finishing to approach the jaw-dropping statistics compiled by the Argentina forward. It will be tough because they are must-win games.

"The Champions League is the icing on the cake for everyone", he said after the game.

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.

Just look at this thunderbolt of a strike from the Croatian midfielder.

On the site of two of Barca's greatest ever triumphs where they won the European Cup in 1992 and 2011, Ernesto Valverde's men dispelled any doubts caused by a three-game winless run in La Liga. "When you play against Barcelona you can have different players and different tactics but the result will be the same".

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