Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

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Spurs scored quickly through Harry Kane before Lionel Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead. But what was it like to play against him?

A lot was made before the match of this being a good time to play Barcelona due to their three-game winless run, but injuries meant that this was far from an opportune time for Mauricio Pochettino's men to be facing one of Europe's most risky teams.

And it got worse for the visitors in the first half, with Edison Cavani and Angel di Maria adding two more.

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. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

Tottenham allowed Messi time to curl a pass to Jordi Alba on the left and with keeper Hugo Lloris, back from injury, charging out Alba cut the ball back to Coutinho who drilled home through a gaggle of defenders.

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Messi has made a strong start to the season with 10 goals in all competitions, including five in LaLiga and as many in the Champions League. 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.

Considering his well-earned reputation as one of the world's most feared strikers, it is nearly inexplicable that Luis Suarez has now gone more than three years without an away goal in the Champions League. Marc-Andre ter Stegen came up with a big save in the first half and, generally speaking, you can assume they'd still win plenty of games even if they conceded an average of one per game due to the prowess of their attack.

A gallant Tottenham side, missing the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, nearly levelled when Lucas Moura's shot deflected wide but Messi ended their resistance after again being picked out by Alba. Victor Waynama and Harry Winks will look to control midfield, while Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Heung-Min Son support Harry Kane. Yet, Spurs had chances and took two of them, and they showed real desire to try and drag themselves back into the game. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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