The Spurs player Lionel Messi gave his shirt to after Barcelona win

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Ferdinand then came up with a great analogy for Messi's style of play: "I think we can talk about Tottenham and their efforts later on but you have to marvel at this guy here".

"I am not going to try to find a solution", Pochettino said on Tuesday.

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.

After being involved in Barca's opener inside just 92 seconds, Messi went on to take his Champions League tally to 64 goals in 65 appearances in the group stage.

"When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes completely everything".

Do not forget that we are talking about the Champions League - the top level of the club game and arguably higher even than the World Cup in terms of depth of quality - yet Messi made Tottenham look like school kids as he mesmerised Pochettino's players.

Messi scored twice and hit the post twice in Barca's 4-2 victory at Wembley, but Pochettino insisted the second-minute error of Lloris was more decisive than the brilliant Argentine.

Rakitic stole the spotlight midway through the first half when the Croatia midfielder struck with a thunderous half-volley.

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Working the ball from just outside their own box up the pitch, a wonderful pass from Lionel Messi fed in Jordi Alba down the left-hand side.

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

"Messi eats at a separate table".

"[Messi] was unbelievable. When he's in that form he's magic to watch". Suarez looked set to hit it at the near post, but instead produced a flawless dummy that left Messi to guide the ball into the corner of the net from six yards.

Instead of being 4-0 down, however, Tottenham striker Kane halved the deficit in the 52nd minute with a clinical finish. We are not leaving any of the competitions to focus on this one.

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.

"He's a fantastic player", Pochettino said after the game.