But the victory - after a three-game winless domestic run - was built on much more than Messi's virtuoso performance. A low pass sent in as Luis SUAREZ let it roll in between his legs and MESSI passed the ball into the net for Barcelona's third goal. Erik LAMELA scored the second goal for his team, a great one at that from just outside of the penalty area.
"Everything he does is so unpredictable", Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho said. Spurs could not get near him and he left the watching crowd gasping twice within the space of five minutes as two nearly identical efforts struck the same portion of Lloris's right-hand post. France's World Cup captain Hugo LLORIS came out but ALBA passed the ball to COUTINHO who scored.
While the opener owed much to Lloris' poor judgment on his return from an injury sustained during a drunken-driving incident, the second goal was pure artistry.
Barcelona won its first Champions League match, beating PSV Eindhoven 4-0 thanks to a Lionel Messi hat trick; however, Barca's last three league matches have either ended in a loss or a draw. In the second half, he had more space and that is hard to stop.
"After 45 minutes, Lionel Messi, I don't think we conceded one chance to him".
"Hopefully we can produce that same energy", he said. "But we solved them".
Pochettino said his plan had gone out of the window after his side's woeful start. "I am going to say to the players: 'Enjoy playing against Messi.' This is the type of player that you are going to remember".
Kane has been prolific for Tottenham over the last four years, but he admits he needs to become even more ruthless with his finishing to approach the jaw-dropping statistics compiled by the Argentina forward.
Spurs are still without a point in their Champions League group, having lost both of their matches so far against Inter Milan and Barcelona.
It's not just the additional burden from unexpected Tottenham games accounting for the brown, dead grass across the centre. "What can we do?"