Pochettino praises Spurs’ character in Barca loss

Watch: Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

Spurs were humbled by stunning goals from Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and two from the irrepressible Messi.

Messi scored Barca's third and fourth goals at Wembley.

And, in case you are wondering, Messi has scored 562 goals in 647 games for Barcelona, with 105 in the Champions League. He played a part in Barcelona's first two goals, hit the post twice early in the second half, and eventually got on the score sheet when he started and finished the best move of the night to make it 3-1. They are going to need at least four points from those games to feel like they have a strong shot. At the age of just 22, Arthur has years ahead of him in which to become a world-class player.

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.

He scored one on that occasion, but he made it two against Spurs by burying a chance following another Suarez dummy in the 90th minute.

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In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

The Catalan giants got off to a flawless start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in.

Messi produced a gorgeous ball to send Jordi Alba scampering clear down the left channel and, with Lloris having raced out and left his goal unmarked, the left-back squared for Coutinho to tuck away his first Barca goal in the Champions League.

Coutinho performed a minor miracle to keep the ball in play on the byline with Rakitic launching himself into a sensational 20-yard volley that clipped the post on its way into Lloris' net.

In their Group B opener last month, Spurs suffered a 2-1 loss to Inter Milan.

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The main area Barcelona can improve is defensively. If you watch the game, in the first half - how many chances did Messi have?

Lamela's deflected strike wrongfooted Ter Stegen and ensured a fantastic finale but, with Spurs committing men forward, Alba seized on a loose pass to set up Messi to sweep home his second.

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.

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.

The hosts were back in the game in the 65th minute, with Erik Lamela's shot from distance taking a deflection off Gerard Pique and sailing past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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