Barcelona make Lionel Messi decision about potential Inter Milan return

Barcelona make Lionel Messi decision about potential Inter Milan return

The Catalans sit top of Group B after winning all three of their matches so far.

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.

One is that he plays from the start, another that he comes on.

Barcelona have won all of their last four matches without Messi, including a 2-0 win over Inter at the Camp Nou last month.

However the 31-year-old Argentine has travelled with the squad to the San Siro, and could yet be declared fully fit.

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Luis Suarez scored twice on Saturday, the second an 89th-minute victor to complete a late comeback against Rayo. After six games without a goal, he has now hit six in his last four. If I could choose, I hope he doesn't play, ” said Valero. When we talk about Barcelona, we are talking about the highest calibre of opponent in this game.

"It will be hard because they're a fearless team with a way of playing that I love".

Then, Rafinha's Barca future looked bleak but Valverde's preference carries a clear message to the likes of Dembele and Malcom about the value he places on concentration, pressing off the ball and teamwork.

"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".

"When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here", said Guardiola ahead of City's game against Southampton on Sunday. 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.

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