It was an unconvincing night for the Lilywhites, as they were thrashed to a 4-2 defeat at Wembley. One can claim that their key players were sidelined for the match, as the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Vertonghen were sitting in the stands as Messi and co commenced trouncing the home side.
However, Spurs were able to generate sparks of a comeback as they scored 2 goals in between the 4 scored by Barca, but the visitors were much more confident and reliable in their defence.
Tottenham looked clueless on how to defend Messi, and that is where they lost the match. Their game was all about injuring and mistiming tackles on Messi, and as a result, it was Messi who ruled Wembley that night; 2 goals for the Barcelona superstar.
It seemed to be a one-sided game, though Spurs did try to give Barca a tough visit. Yet, the Blaugrana outperformed them, despite having not won a single game in their last 3 fixtures in La Liga.
Well, there are certain crystal clear reasons why Tottenham lost to Barcelona and let’s get straight into it.
#3 Effective forward movements from Suarez and Coutinho
Being a striker, he neither competes for taking penalties nor freekicks against Messi, probably out of love and respect for him. In fact, he even dummies clear-cut chances he could score only for Messi.
On the other hand, Coutinho has used his pace effectively, dodging the offside traps and making perfect runs into the box for Messi to spot. He sometimes, replicates what Jordi Alba does, running behind the fullback on the left wing, and Messi never tends to miss his man.
#2 Lack of creativity for Spurs in the midfield
His creativity always comes handy for the Lilywhites, as his through balls and passes often lead to beautiful goals.
Son and Lucas Moura did show some intent to create and score, but they were not a match to the likes of Semedo and Jordi Alba respectively, who are probably as quick as them, if not more.
#1 Leo Messi’s brilliance
From going winless in 3 back-to-back La Liga games, it was Messi who pulled Barcelona back into the competitive football world. His abilities and talents never seem to deteriorate, and he is only getting better and better with time.
His dribbles and vision are incomparable, with his runs into the box being as effective as ever.