Spurs went unbeaten throughout its final league campaign at White Hart Lane, but struggled at Wembley in the Champions League and has now lost eight of the last 10 matches it has played there. That's like part-exchanging your F12 Berlinetta for a Nissan Almera. "And to take a result", said Guardiola, who avoided discussing the performance of referee Bobby Madley.
For an institution so obsessed by values and a sense of moral superiority, mes que un club has been a mess of a club recently and their curious treatment of Iniesta has little explanation.
Manchester United have made some quality signings in the form of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic.
Messi's current deal expires next summer but Barca announced in July that an agreement had been reached for a new four-year deal, running until 2021.
Barcelona have had a rough few weeks.
Nelson Semedo was the only outfielder player to successfully complete all his passes in the first half. They looked despondent, out of ideas and absent of style. Several bids - all in excess of £90 million - for Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho have been rejected. More often than not, the front three did hide the problems that existed within the team, but Valverde is addressing matters at source.
Fairly soon, however, then-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola dreamed up a new position for his gifted young Argentine, bringing him into the middle to line up as a centre forward.
"We are here for the results, at least to win games". Messi cut a frustrated figure at the full-time whistle, despite his team winning 2-0.
Lionel Messi failed to put his name on the score sheet, but rattled the post on a number of occasions as he desperately tried to open his La Liga account for the season.
The back pagesThe I paper's back page on Monday features Marcos Alonso - as do most of the other papersMeanwhile. The mighty are falling. "We are with the people that suffered".
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