Champions League: Rio Ferdinand reveals what Messi does better

Champions League: Rio Ferdinand reveals what Messi does better

It was a testament to Tottenham's character that they twice scored goals through Harry Kane and Erik Lamela to give themselves hope of an unlikely draw, but Barca were always deservedly one step ahead.

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. But Lloris made a calamitous misjudgement in only the second minute to give Barca a lead they were never likely to give up.

Tottenham are in danger of crashing out at the group stage for the second time in three years.

They head to PSV Eindhoven for their next European fixture on October 24 knowing a win is essential as they already trail Barca and Inter by six points.

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.

Taking possession on the halfway line, Messi was pressured by Son Heung-Min, but his devastating response was simply sublime.

Messi and Trippier duel for the ball.

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The former England star claimed Messi's decision making is better than anyone else now playing.

The Tottenham boss does have Hugo Lloris back though and he starts in goal.

However, it was Harry Kane who would score soon after, with the England man cutting inside Nélson Semedo before firing past Marc-André ter Stegen.

That was only a brief respite for Tottenham as Valverde's team doubled their lead in the 28th minute.

Messi's second goal was a stunner, which epitomised his performance, with the Argentine stroking the ball home at the near post after neat build-up play by Coutinho and Luis Suarez. 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. 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.

Champions League football by February? Messi had the ideal response in the 56th minute when he cantered onto Alba's pass and side-footed past Lloris.

The goal seemed like it would put the game to bed, but Lamela pulled Tottenham within a goal once more thanks to a deflected strike in the 66th minute.

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