Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino slams cock-up keeper Hugo Lloris for Barcelona loss

LIONEL MESSI tore Spurs apart — but boss Mauricio Pochettino blamed a Hugo Lloris cock-up.

Superstar Messi capped a dazzling display with a double after Tottenham keeper Lloris inexplicably hared off his line to gift Philippe Coutinho the opener after just 92 seconds.

 Mauricio Pochettino blamed Hugo Lloris for Tottenham's defeat to Barcelona

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Mauricio Pochettino blamed Hugo Lloris for Tottenham's defeat to Barcelona

Poch said: “When you concede in less than two minutes, it changes everything completely.

“The emotion is tough when you are playing against Barcelona and players like Messi and Luis Suarez.

“If you watch football and understand it, you will know how hard it is to come out of the dressing room and find yourself 1-0 down so early.

“When you play at this level, you can’t concede these type of chances — and we paid for that in the end.”

 Hugo Lloris hared off his line to allow Philippe Coutinho score early on

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Hugo Lloris hared off his line to allow Philippe Coutinho score early on
 Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy with Tottenham for conceding an early goal

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Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy with Tottenham for conceding an early goal

Ivan Rakitic made it 2-0 to the visitors in the 28th minute with a stunning volley — but Harry Kane pulled one back.

Messi then    restored    Barca’s    two-goal   advantage before Erik Lamela gave Spurs hope.

Magical Messi put the game beyond doubt with a last-minute strike.

Pochettino said: “He’s a fantastic player. In every game he shows who he is.

“His average is this type of game — above everything else.”

BT pundit Rio Ferdinand was also left awestruck by the Argentine wizard.

 Lionel Messi scored twice to help down Tottenham at Wembley

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Lionel Messi scored twice to help down Tottenham at Wembley
 BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand was awestruck by Lionel Messi's magic

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BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand was awestruck by Lionel Messi's magic

He said: “You have to marvel at this guy.

“I feel blessed I was in this stadium live to watch him. I will tell my kids about it tomorrow on the school run.

“It’s like he’s got a remote control, assesses the situation and says ‘Yeah, let me plot in the location and  put the ball exactly where I want’.”

Rio Ferdinand describes what is like to play against Barcelona match-winner Lionel Messi

Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier admitted: “He was unbelievable. When he is in that form he is magical to watch.

“Barcelona were the better team on the night but we’ll take plenty of positives out of it.”

Pochettino insists Spurs can still qualify from Group B, even though they have lost both games.

He said: “We have it in our hands to be in the next stage.

“But it will be tough because they are must-win games now.”

LIONEL MESSI tore Spurs apart — but boss Mauricio Pochettino blamed a Hugo Lloris cock-up.