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Did Lionel Messi’s first goal prove the food chain of Barcelona’s attack?

The Argentine sealed a suburb individual performance with two goals

Know your place.

Barcelona gave Spurs a footballing lesson in their Champions League group stage clash.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men were chasing shadows for much of the game as Barcelona enjoyed themselves at Wembley.


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Job done

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Job done

Lionel Messi in particular was in the mood and helped put Spurs to the sword.

The talismanic No10 sealed what was an outrageous individual performance with two expertly taken goals.

The Argentine was denied twice by the same post in the second-half, however nothing was going to stop him from scoring.

What on earth was the celebration all about?

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What on earth was the celebration all about?

He didn’t do it all himself though. Messi certainly has his team-mates to thank for his goals.

In particular the first one.

In the build-up to the captain’s strike, did we see the hierarchy of Barca’s attacking trio in action?

Messi collected the ball outside the area and spread it out wide to Jordi Alba

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Messi collected the ball outside the area and spread it out wide to Jordi Alba

The Spaniard looked up and saw Coutinho at the near post with Suarez also in the centre

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The Spaniard looked up and saw Coutinho at the near post with Suarez also in the centre

The Brazilian presumably got a shout from Suarez and let the ball run past him because of that

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The Brazilian presumably got a shout from Suarez and let the ball run past him because of that

Suarez is hitting that… right?

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Suarez is hitting that… right?

Wrong. The Uruguayan then left it to his captain who seemingly gave the instruction to his team-mate

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Wrong. The Uruguayan then left it to his captain who seemingly gave the instruction to his team-mate

He’s the shark of the sea

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He’s the shark of the sea

The ball being left not once, but twice for Messi to score is particularly pleasing.

It shows how both Coutinho and Suarez effectively know their place in the pecking order.

Coutinho falls behind Suarez, who then comes second to Messi.

He’s the GOAT

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He’s the GOAT

We doubt any of them are going to argue with their captain.

It’s the food chain of the most devastating attack in Europe.


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