Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

Baffling Hugo Lloris Mistake Gifts Barcelona The Perfect Start

It was a signal of intent from a team that has watched Real Madrid, its chief rival, win three consecutive Champions League crowns since their most recent European triumph, in 2015. According to Spanish outlet AS, the report said: "Piqué is critical of Messi for not facing up [to the press] when the going gets tough".

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

As for MESSI's two goals, the first one was a genius goal. The choreography buildup to the goal was a sight to behold: Messi split Spurs backline with a ideal through-pass to Jordi Alba, who found Coutinho at the top of the box.

And in their last game, the Catalan giants were held 1-1 by Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou in which Lionel Messi only came on in the second half and was unable to net the winning goal.

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Ter Stegen came to their rescue on 33 minutes as he stuck out a glove to parry away Lamela's cross that deflected towards goal off Nelson Semedo, while Messi could only pick out Lloris from 14 yards out after combining with Alba as the action quickly switched to the opposite end of the pitch.

However, while those moments encapsulated Messi's individual brilliance, his ruthless streak was showcased shortly afterward when, with the score 2-1, he finished off a move of beauty to restore Barcelona's two-goal advantage. Philippe Coutinho set the tempo for a breathtaking spectacle by scoring after 95 seconds, following some horrendous decision making by the returning Hugo Lloris. 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. Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela were all looking for the ball in-behind and nobody was there to slot them in, even though Harry Winks put in a fine display to try and shut Barcelona down. After two games they are six points back but have two winnable games against PSV coming up.

Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

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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