Messi in Barcelona squad to face Inter Milan despite fractured arm

06 November, 2018, 02:51 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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We will have to wait and see what Ernesto Valverde decides.

"Luis Suárez has been playing at the top of his ability for a very long time", he told a news conference.

"There are three or four options, but we will not take risks (with Messi)". More than anything because he is one more [player] and so we have more to choose from. Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there.

Since losing Messi, Barca have won four matches in succession across all competitions, including a 5-1 Clasico demolition of Real Madrid.

Suarez slotted in a cross from Jordi Alba from close range to give Barca a deserved lead in the 11th minute after they had made a flying start at a ground where they had eased to victory in their previous five visits and had not lost since 2002.

However, Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, whose side lost 2-0 at Camp Nou two weeks ago, acknowledged that the La Liga side remain a much more complete outfit with Messi than without him.

The Senegalese then said that the fans can play their part in the game and that he and teammates are focused on the match.

It will be a special match for me as I was in the youth academy at Barcelona but now I am at Inter and I think we can win. We have to prepare for the game well. It's the same for Inter.

"We're expecting a similar opponent to the one we had at Camp Nou - definitely more aggressive because of the pressure [on them]".

"That's why they've had such a good run this season".



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