Coutinho scores Barca’s first goal. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Lionel Messi appears a man on a mission in the Champions League this season after making it five goals in two games following Barcelona's 4-2 win over Tottenham Wednesday. Three quarterfinal exits in a row have left Barca, and Messi, desperate to make amends. Coutinho is considered by Barcelona to be the natural successor to Andres Iniesta but he was lethal further forward while the 22-year-old Arthur, on his first Champions League start, showed maturity beyond his years.Both could be given a chance to impress in a crunch game away to Valencia Sunday, when Barcelona will be hoping to transfer their faultless form in Europe to La Liga.After Valencia, Barca's difficult month continues with three home games, starting against Sevilla and ending with "El Clasico" against Real Madrid on Oct. 28 .
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