Barca pushed for more goal as the second resumed, as Messi rattled the upright twice in the opening five minutes. Harry Kane pegged Barcelona back, but the magnificent Messi, who twice hit the post then scored a third before Erik Lamela again reduced the arrears.
Yet Tottenham fell behind after returning goalkeeper Lloris, playing for the first time since being convicted for drink driving, made an bad mistake for Barcelona's opener by rushing out of his goal while full-back Kieran Trippier was also deceived by Messi's brilliant pass in the build-up.
'To play against Barcelona, when you concede after one minute, I think our players are heroes, ' said Pochettino. Not one. In the second half, with a lot of space, it is unbelievable how he runs.
Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets will unarguably return to the starting line-up after something of a break against Athletic, while Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic are also expected to start.
"To concede a goal so early, we destroyed the plan", he said.
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"It's so hard after this for the team to feel confident to play".
Vidal's inclusion would mean sacrificing Dembele, who has started in all of the games this season, like Gerard Pique and Marc-Andre Ter Stegen. In the second half. If you watch the first half again, how many chances did he have?
"Come on, move on, because in the first half we concede in the first minutes". Our players were heroes because they were chasing the game against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and co.
'When you start a game at this level against Barcelona you can not concede these types of chances.
Lucas Moura then forced Ter Stegen into a save from 19 yards out after picking up the ball in midfield and running at the defence on 81 minutes, and the Brazilian saw his goalbound strike from 10 yards out deflected wide of the left post by Lenglet three minutes later. They are going to need at least four points from those games to feel like they have a strong shot. "Still thinking the same though that all is possible".