Tottenham face back-to-back games against PSV Eindhoven with both teams having lost their first two matches.
Messi's response according to the report was to attack Barcelona's defense stating that they are conceding too many goals this season.
Messi almost put the game away twice at the start of the second half, but both times his low curling shots clattered off the left post to keep Spurs trailing by just two goals.
The relationship between Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique at Barcelona is reportedly on an all time low this season after the last two games played by the reigning Spanish champions.
"I think our players were heroes because to chase the game, playing against Messi, Suarez, Coutinho and company, and be competitive in the second half".
"Messi sets the standard", Kane said.
Tottenham fought hard, just as Manchester United tried in the 2011 Champions League final, but Messi was simply too elusive, too good.
Pochettino pointed to that mistake as the key component to why Barcelona were able to dictate the game and get Messi into plenty of space.
Messi would not miss again, though, sending Alba clear down the left with a trademark curling pass and timing his run into the box perfectly to slot a first-time finish past Lloris to restore Barca's two-goal lead four minutes later.
"To concede a goal so early, we destroyed the plan", he said. If Lucas Moura scored the third goal sure we talk about we are heroes and the manager is the best in the world.
"We had a few problems", Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. We need to produce that same energy, the crowd were awesome that night.
"We played a great match and in the first half we were extraordinary so we are happy because everything went as we wanted it to".