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Messi clipped a pass to Luis Suarez before Coutinho smartly hooked the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area, where Rakitic launched himself into the air for an agile half-volley that flashed past Lloris.

Barcelona can always rely on Messi and he came up with two goals in the second half and he now has five goals from two games in the Champions League.

Messi scored twice at Wembley to cap off a fine individual display as he petrified Tottenham's defense every time he dropped deep to pick the ball up and set off on yet another mesmeric run. "It's so hard after this for the team to feel confident to play".

Messi has made a strong start to the season with 10 goals in all competitions, including five in LaLiga and as many in the Champions League. We were handicapped against Barcelona after conceding after one minute.

In recent weeks there have been murmurs that Barcelona have been struggling after three games without a win in La Liga.

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.

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The Catalan giants got off to a flawless start as an error in judgment from Hugo Lloris allowed Jordi Alba to pick out Philippe Coutinho for the simple tap-in.

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.

Perhaps he is becoming to Barcelona what Karim Benzema is for Real Madrid - a tireless centre-forward whose worth to the team is far greater than what he delivers in the goals column.

Most of Barcelona's team are household names but one you may be less familiar with is Arthur. Sure, they missed the pace and dominant aerial ability of the suspended Samuel Umtiti as Harry Kane in particular bullied their back line in the second half.

Messi did make the promise to his fans this very season that he will be getting the European title home, but he has also hinted that if his team continues to provide the loopholes in the game, the chances of winning the Champions League will be down the drain.

Barcelona have six points to top the group as they lead Inter Milan on goal differential, while Tottenham have it all to do if they are to reach the last 16 having lost their opening two matches. Erik Lamela's deflected effort then made the scoreline 3-2 before Messi ended Spurs' hopes of a late comeback with a fourth for the visitors.


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