Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde hails Champions League's capacity to thrill

Elena Summers
November 7, 2018

Lionel Messi has travelled with the Barcelona squad to take on Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite not having "the medical all-clear" after fracturing his arm.

The Argentine forward returned to training last week and may be able to help Barcelona secure progression from Group B on Tuesday at the San Siro. It's always better if he's there.

Three of Malcom's four appearances so far have been as a substitute, with his only start coming against Cultural. Finally, Suarez scored his second and Barcelona's victor in the dying seconds of the match to rescue the full three points for the Catalan giants.

"I don't know what route Inter or us will have after tonight, but of course they are a team to consider, they have the DNA of never giving in and they will take that spirit into the Tottenham match".

Barca have done well without Messi.

The Barcelona boss iterated during the pre-match press conference that Inter Milan will pose a major challenge, considering they will step up after their loss in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou last month. "He is obviously the cherry on the cake, the idol for all kids that dream of becoming footballers". Barcelona remained top of the group, three points ahead of Inter and six ahead of Tottenham which beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1. "We must go to London to get a result, convinced of our own abilities". "He is not getting the minutes he wants but, in training, he works like the rest of the players". We have to prepare for the game well.

"We would like to win and seal qualification for the knockout stage". The Catalans have already conceded 14 goals in 12 league games this season, more than 11 other sides in Spain's top flight.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he had not ruled Messi out of playing but was concerned about rushing him back.

"We're doing worse in that sense this season". I also look at the amount of times the opposition create chances.

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