Barcelona are more than just Messi



Barcelona needed a good result in Europe after some disappointing displays domestically and an important way to achieve that was to get rid of the dependency on Lionel Messi that has been evident for the past two seasons away from home in the Champions League.

That is what happened at Wembley where the other players also came to the fore, and they got the scoring underway against Tottenham before Messi put the icing on the cake in the second half.

The first to get on the score sheet was Philippe Coutinho who benefitted from the changes made by Ernesto Valverde by starting in the three man atack instead of Dembele.

Coutinho was able to provide more solidity in the middle of the pitch as well as the threat going forward as he showed by taking advantage of a mistake by Lloris in the Spurs’ goal and he now has three goals this season, on a level with Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.

Ivan Rakitic also came to the fore against Spurs and showed his value to the side after criticism in recent weeks with a fine goal on the volley.

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.

On the other hand Suarez once again failed to score and has now gone almost three years without a goal away from home in the Champions League. He did offer some useful support for Messi in attack but a goal from him would have made the job easier in London.