Valverde positive despite Barcelona’s dropped points at San Siro

Valverde positive despite Barcelona’s dropped points at San Siro

Lionel Messi was left out of Barcelona's Champions League clash at Inter Milan on Tuesday as the Group B leaders aim to qualify for the last-16.

Messi, 31, has not played since breaking a bone in his arm in a win over Sevilla on October 20.

"We've always said that we can play against any opponent.this is the chance to see if we really can compete against any side", he told reporters. However, Valverde now included him in the Barcelona squad that is going to face Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.

However, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor was not on Ernesto Valverde's 18-man squad when it was released prior to the match.

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More crucially, key players have delivered while others, less prominent, have stepped up. Fast forwards a few weeks and he is due to return while Barcelona have won all four games without him as well as holding on to the lead against Sevilla. It depends on training", and further added "There are three or four options, but we will not take risks [with Messi]. "The message from this match is that we want to qualify from the group, we wanted to take points from this match knowing that now we have two hard matches". With 100s of goals to his name, and just about half the number of assists, Messi is an icon of the sport.

"I think it's better if he's there".

Inter wrestled back a point against a dominant Barcelona outfit in Milan, yet Ernesto Valverde focused on an impressive away display. Mauro Icardi scored the equalizer for the hosts and again, MATS could have done a lot better to protect that ball from going in. However, the team has played well with a sense of unity in all phases of play, and individuals such as Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba have stood up in his absence, so Valverde should keep faith in them. Barcelona have not lost in the last eight matches in all competitions.

Unfazed by the absenteeism of Lionel Messi, Barcelona have stayed unbeaten.

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