Barcelona coach Valverde coy over Messi making Inter Milan clash

Doug Mendoza
November 6, 2018

Barcelona are now top of Group B after winning all of their games in the Champions League, while opponents Inter sit in second - their only defeat coming against the Spanish side.

Perhaps it will depend on how much Barca need him and, in that respect, messi's absence has been less pronounced than many predicted 15 days ago when he tumbled and broke his right arm against Sevilla.

But Frenchman Ousmane Dembele came off from the bench to score the equalizer for Barcelona in the 87th minute before Luis Suarez scored the winning goal for the Catalans in injury time as they won 3-2.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in last Sunday's El Clasico which led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, was reportedly set to be absent for three weeks.

However, hours later the club announced the travelling squad for the match on Twitter, with his name included - claiming the medical team has given an "all clear" verdict.

More crucially, key players have delivered while others, less prominent, have stepped up.

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The defending champions got to the scoresheet when Luis Suarez scored from Jordi Alba's cutback eleven minutes into the match. After six games without a goal, he has now hit six in his last four.

"I have brought everyone available", Valverde said to reporters in his pre-match press conference. We have to prepare for the game well.

"It will be hard because they're a courageous team with a way of playing that I love". "Under the new coach I'm not being picked but I'm working on it".

"Luckily we were able to win the games without him and I don't know if he's going to play, but we're happy to have him here".

Rayo Vallecano fans were in good mood during the last seven minutes of the game thinking their team would record an emphatic win over Barcelona. Now, they sit four points clear at the top of La Liga and head to Italy on the back of five wins on the bounce.

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