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Juan Miranda: "Everything's easier when you've got Messi"

Lionel Messi offered Juan Miranda some advice before the Barcelona defender made his Champions League debut against Tottenham on Tuesday night.

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Juan Miranda: "Everything's easier when you've got Messi"
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Barcelona defender Juan Miranda revealed the advice he received from Lionel Messi before making his Champions League debut against Tottenham last night. The 18-year-old was handed a start as an understrength Barça played out a 1-1 draw with Spurs at Camp Nou on Tuesday.

Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko tussles with Barcelona's Juan Miranda
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Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko tussles with Barcelona's Juan MirandaPAUL CHILDSAction Images via Reuters

Moment to enjoy

The left-back, who played the full 90 minutes, said Messi had told him simply to enjoy the moment against the Premier League outfit. "Messi told me to just be myself and to enjoy it," Miranda said, via UEFA.com. "Everything's easier when you've got Messi by your side."

Barcelona's Juan Miranda beats Kyle Walker-Peters to the ball
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Barcelona's Juan Miranda beats Kyle Walker-Peters to the ballAlejandro GarcíaEFE

Barcelona and Spurs into the next round

Messi came on in the second half, but Lucas Moura cancelled out Ousmane Dembélé's stunning opener to earn Spurs the draw they needed to progress from Group B. Barça had already sealed top spot in the group and went through undefeated.

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