Kane wants to emulate Messi's Champions League goals feat

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Messi's two goals helped Barcelona fight off Tottenham's second-half resurgence and secured a 4-2 win for the visitors on Wednesday.

But Barcelona needed the mercurial Messi at his best to repel a tenacious Spurs fightback as Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave the hosts, described as "heroes" by their manager Mauricio Pochettino, a glimmer of hope.

And in their last game, the Catalan giants were held 1-1 by Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou in which Lionel Messi only came on in the second half and was unable to net the winning goal.

"Those who play football understand completely that if you start that way in this type of game, in a Champions League game against a team like Barcelona, you can not concede these types of chances".

Messi has already scored eight times this season, including a hat-trick in Barca's European demolition of PSV Eindhoven, taking his career tally for the club to well over 500 goals.

It took Barcelona only 92 seconds to score their first goal through Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho who was superbly assisted by Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba.

A long throw from Lloris set up a counter, with Lamela feeding Kane to turn Nelson Semedo and bend a fine finish into Ter Stegen's bottom-left corner.

"When you're scoring as many goals as he has - 40 or 50 a season - as a striker, I want to try to match that and do the same".

Whether the Spurs players enjoyed it, as Pochettino told them to, remains to be seen, but perhaps in time they will tell their grandchildren about the night they shared a football pitch with Messi.

"We still need to play four games and we have in our hands to be or not in the next stage", Pochettino said.

"The Champions League is the icing on the cake for everyone", he said after the game.

"It is a period when we are not having good luck with injuries", Pochettino said. It's hard to assess the first half because it was hard for the team to restart and to feel confident. "We had a few problems during the game but we managed to solve them". The crowd were awesome and that's what we need tomorrow night.

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