Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Eric Dier On Bench - Tottenham Hotspur Team vs Barcelona Confirmed

Eric Dier On Bench - Tottenham Hotspur Team vs Barcelona Confirmed

"When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything". He plays at another level, he scores goals, he provides assists, he runs as much as the most.

"He's become a player like [Cristiano] Ronaldo who picks his moment in games, he'll wait, bide his time and save the big moment to usually make a difference". "It's so hard after this for the team to feel confident to play".

The Argentine superstar played a role in Barca's two first-half goals to give them a 2-0 lead at half-time.

'But in the second half we pushed forward, and we need to try to improve a lot of we want to achieve things in the future'.

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi.

Powering into the Barca area with intent, Kane side-stepped Nelson Semedo and planted a powerful low strike into the far corner for his 10th goal in 12 Champions League appearances. His floated pass was chested down by Luis Suarez to Coutinho whose volley sliced up in the air before the quick-thinking Brazilian hooked the ball back to Rakitic who rifled a picture-perfect right-foot volley in off the post from 25 yards.

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Sergio Aguero has been in fine goalscoring form this season and I expect the Argentine to continue his record in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

Spurs scored quickly through Harry Kane before Lionel Messi restored Barca's two-goal lead.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have? Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.

On the other hand Suarez once again failed to score and has now gone nearly three years without a goal away from home in the Champions League.

It is easy to blame Spurs' haphazard display on having key players out injured, but there's no doubt that had a huge impact on their fluidity at both ends of the pitch as they've started up their UCL group stage with defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona. Erik Lamela's deflected effort then made the scoreline 3-2 before Messi ended Spurs' hopes of a late comeback with a fourth for the visitors.

But the damage was done due to defensive errors from Lloris and Sanchez as they badly missed Vertonghen's calming influence and Dembele's presence in front of the back four.

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