Lionel Messi's unique celebration during Tottenham 2-4 Barcelona has been explained

04 October, 2018, 19:04 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris clears the ball as Lionel Messi of Barcelona challenges during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona

Barcelona won its first Champions League match, beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick; however, Barca's last three league matches have either ended in a loss or a draw.

The brace makes Messi only the second player to have 30 career multi-goal games in the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost both of their group matches after a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan in their opener. Messi ran over to one of the cameras and started playfully tapping his head before blowing a kiss. If that were actually true then the four above him would have to be gods because Messi is not of this earth, as he showed again on Wednesday.

Messi was toying with Tottenham and it seemed only a matter of how many Barcelona would win by when he glided away for a shot that struck a post early in the second half.

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. "It will be tough because we've got to win games".

Coutinho was left with a simple finish after Hugo Lloris' reckless charge out to meet Jordi Alba had left the net unguarded, and the Brazilian made no mistake to tuck away the first of the game. Twenty-six minutes later, Messi produced another moment of brilliance with a cross to Luis Suarez that preceded the 20-yard strike from Ivan Rakitic, which doubled the Spanish champions' lead.

But question marks do remain about their ability to seriously challenge for the Champions League title this season, despite making it two wins from two to open up group play.

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Tottenham's Harry Winks has said that Lionel Messi is the greatest player ever and has "completed football" after witnessing the Argentine's genius at close quarters on Wednesday.

A lot of Barcelona's players, brilliant though they still are, are getting on in years.

'With respect to the other players, Messi is unique, ' he added.

Losing Eriksen, Alli, Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen through injury ahead of such a big night was a cruel blow for Pochettino.

The last time the Uruguayan was on the Champions League scoresheet away from Camp Nou was against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico back in September 2015 and he walked off the Wembley turf having failed to end that barren run.

Had Spurs had a fully fit squad to choose from, they could have nicked a point against Barcelona, or maybe even more.

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