Pochettino: Lloris error, not Messi performance, led to Spurs loss

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The relationship between Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at Barcelona is reportedly on an all time low this season after the last two games played by the reigning Spanish champions.

By the time Jordi Alba virtually cut the ball back from the byline, Messi had darted into the box and both Coutinho and Suarez left it for the five-time world player of the year to finish.

Messi, who scored for Barça in the 2011 final against Manchester United at Wembley, revelled in the wide-open spaces and twice sliced through the Spurs defence shortly after the break, thudding shots against Lloris' right post.

The choreography buildup to the goal was a sight to behold: Messi split Spurs backline with a flawless through-pass to Jordi Alba, who found Coutinho at the top of the box.

Philippe Coutinho had the visitors ahead inside of two minutes, smashing a half-volley into an empty net after Hugo Lloris was caught out trying to chase down a Messi through ball.

'We didn't concede one chance to Messi in the first-half.

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The Catalan giants went on to boss proceedings in the first half and Clement Lenglet managed to get on the end of Messi's free-kick from the left in the 15th minute, but failed to keep his header down. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute. Of course in the second half when we are 2-0 down you are going to give more space and we were more attacking and it's so hard to stop this kind of player.

Barcelona have returned to winning ways thanks to a 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League this evening.

Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch.

Tottenham lost their opening European game at Inter Milan, leaving the Premier League side with no margin for error as they try to qualify for the knockout stages.

'It was a game we needed to win and to concede straight away destroyed the plan. We still think the same, that all is possible'.

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