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Barcelona include Messi in squad to face Inter Milan

07 November, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Lora Ball
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Lionel Messi is the icing on Barcelona's cake, Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti said on Monday on the eve of the Champions League Group B game between the two teams.

Lionel Messi is available to play for Barcelona, having recovered from the the broken arm he suffered October 20 that sidelined him for three games.

Barca scored twice in the last three minutes to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win away at Rayo Vallecano yesterday.

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. It's always better if he's there. One is that he plays from the start, another that he comes on.

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Their chances will be significantly boosted if Messi returns but the last fortnight will perhaps have given Barca greater belief too.

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

"With Messi, Barca's degree of unpredictability increases but their attitude is the same without him", he said.

Just as it seemed they would inflict a second defeat of the season on the champions, though, Ousmane Dembele equalised with a terrific half-volley in the 87th, before Suarez turned in his second to snatch three points for Valverde and co.

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More crucially, key players have delivered while others, less prominent, have stepped up. We have to prepare for the game well.

"We would like to win and seal qualification for the knockout stage". He has scored against nearly every nation, every league, every team that he has played against and he has done so with relative ease and brilliance. "We know they will score many goals together again".

"We have to read everything very well".

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