Rakitic: Barcelona superstar Messi different to other players

Jo Caldwell
October 4, 2018

After slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris in the 56th minute, Messi ran over to a TV camera behind the goal while pointing.

While speaking to Movistar+, Messi insisted that his team needs to stop giving opportunities to the opponents for capitalizing. Then Davinson Sanchez's cheap giveaway led to Coutinho keeping the ball in play as Rakitic hammered home a stupendous volley which will live long in the memory. I'm always very happy when I see him'.

He also loves to play against Premier League teams, as he's scored more goals and provided more assists versus English teams than against teams from any other nation in European competitions.

At Wembley, as rightly predicted, there was plenty of goals to savour and Messi was in the thick of a lot of them.

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Spanish newspaper Sport have now come up with an explanation for why Messi acted as he did after scoring. Messi aimed for the same post he had hit twice earlier, and this time found the side netting.

The visitors, returning to Wembley for the first time since lifting the Champions League there in 2011, extended their lead in stunning fashion soon after Kane had Spurs' first shot.

A great start for Barcelona, what Lloris had in mind will remain a mystery.

In a dramatic second half, Tottenham's Harry Kane reduced the deficit before the majestic Messi added Barcelona's third. The first half was extraordinary, there were some fantastic moves.

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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.

From the side that famously beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley just under a year ago; Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli were all absent through injury.

Spurs pushed hard for the equaliser and almost had it in the 84th minute when Lucas Moura broke free in the Barcelona area only to see his shot from 8 yards out deflect off Lenglet and out of touch.

If you didn't catch Barcelona's opener against Spurs tonight, check it out below. Previously reliable, Lloris errors are now far too regular.

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