Tottenham suffered a 4-2 loss at the hands of Barcelona at the Wembley Stadium in London in the Champions League Group B.
Lionel Messi was superb for Barca and scored twice, and the Argentina international forward could have added at least two more to his tally.
Former Arsenal star Merson believes that the defeat to the Spanish and European giants will have shaken Tottenham.
Merson wrote on Skysports.com: “The result against Barcelona would've shaken Tottenham.
“I've played in games before where you think you're alright and then you get a pasting. I remember years ago we played in the Super Cup at AC Milan.
“The Arsenal side I played in, we were a good team. We were decent and we got absolutely ripped to shreds. It really knocks your confidence.
“Don't get me wrong, I know Cardiff aren't Barcelona but a result like that can come along and put you back in your place.”
Tottenham will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Cardiff City at the Wembley Stadium in London in the Premier League.
Cardiff are struggling at the moment and have one of the worst squads in the Premier League, and it is hard to see the Bluebirds win against Spurs.
Spurs have a much better team than the Welsh side, and Mauricio Pochettino’s side should pick up all three points from the encounter on Saturday afternoon.
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