Mauricio Pochettino praises Tottenham Hotspur 'heroes' for not giving in against Barcelona

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The first half was hard for the team to start to play and feel confident in the way that we planned to play because of a few mistakes before the action that we conceded.

"I always say he's the greatest of all time and what he does is outrageous".

"His weight of pass, his decision making is unrivalled".

Kane did his job, as he usually does, in holding the ball up and trying to bring others into play, but when he dropped deeper to lay balls off, neither Eriksen or Alli were there to link up with him.

"For me, it was a special moment to play against a player like that". I'll watch the game back, I'll dissect my game.

'Yes, he gave me his shirt. But I'll learn from that and ultimately I'll just try to improve my own game. "He's the best player of all time".

"For 45 minutes, we didn't concede one chance to Messi - but of course when we are 2-0 down and you give more space as we are attacking", Pochettino said. "You pick up things they do and it's nice to test myself in those situations".

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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.

Barcelona ran out 4-2 winners in the end at Wembley but Spurs almost forced a famous comeback after clawing the game back to 3-2.

Let us know in the comments. Although the Lilywhites' boss will take some comfort from his side's fighting spirit in the second-half.

Tottenham's celebrations would be short-lived, though, as Barca hit back right away with Messi finding the inside of the post he'd hit twice to open the half from a Jordi Alba cutback that Luis Suarez allowed to run through to his Argentine teammate.

"If we can go out there and press on the front foot, show aggression, get in the opposition's face and make them scared, then why can't we go to the Nou Camp and get a result, and why can't we qualify for the next round of the Champions League?". Thanks to his effort we were able to play so well.

Messi and Co. have been written off by many already, and after going three years without winning the Champions League, they will have to clean up their defensive deficiencies to have a real chance of winning it all in Madrid in May.

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