Friday, 16 November, 2018

Barcelona through to Champions League last 16 despite Mauro Icardi leveller

Barcelona’s predicted lineup vs Inter: All out to seal knockout qualification Messi travels to Inter sans 'medical all-clear'
Cassandra Castillo | 08 November, 2018, 14:45

As Barcelona ready themselves to face Italian club Inter Milan on Tuesday (Wednesday in Pakistan as the game would begin at 1am), we take a look at Messi's goals against Italian clubs in European competitions throughout his career.

The piece of play from Dembele was so good that Brozovic was forced to do his signature "crocodile" maneuver in the game rather than from a set-piece and some say he's still sliding as we speak.

"We're all so happy for Malcom", Valverde said after the match.

On a night where Lionel Messi was missing, Coutinho stepped up and showed his worth and created a number of glorious opportunities for both himself and his team-mates.

However, in football, you never know.

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti claims that Milan Skriniar is worth €100m (£87m) to most clubs - but Barcelona and Real Madrid must pay a "tip" if they want to sign him. However, fans must wait until one hour before kickoff to learn whether Messi will be in the starting lineup, on the substitutes bench or out of the gameday squad altogether.

Inter Milan and Barcelona meet for a rematch in the UEFA Champions League's Group B on Tuesday.

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Racing onto Rakitic's pass and teeing up Suarez to tap in the opener at Vallecas was also Jordi Alba, who has been arguably Barca's best player this season.

However, Messi chose to train alone at Ciutat Esportiva in a bid to be fully fit for their match against Betis.

That says so much about Messi.

"The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed and we have to do better", said Klopp.

Despite his desire to be fit for the match, Beits' manager, Quique Setien, has advised Barcelona to keep him on the sideline for the clash.

"There's the worldwide break after this game and he'll have two more weeks".

"Any fall could provoke a serious problem that might have important consequences. That said, I do like to see him on the pitch as he's a joy to watch".

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