Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking ‘no risks’ at Inter

Messi could play, but Barca coach taking ‘no risks’ at Inter

Messi was a surprise inclusion in the squad list as he was expected to be out of action for three weeks after breaking a bone in his right arm on October 20.

Barcelona won the four games they have played without Messi, including beating Inter Milan 2-0 at the Nou Camp and thrashing Real Madrid 5-1 in La Liga.

"We expect a lot from him", Valverde said in his post-match media conference. This sounds like the classic case of "let's see how he looks during training" on Monday before making a decision.

"The ghost of Butarque appeared everywhere in moments in that second half", Valverde told reporters.

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For the past decade, Cristiano Ronaldo has basically been given free rein on the pitch so we would have loved to be a fly on the wall when it was decided that the Juventus forward would not take every free-kick for his new club. More than anything because he is one more (player) and so we have more to choose from. Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there.

"Being in this situation in such a hard group is fine, and we would like to win".

"To already be in this situation in the fourth game of the group is great", Valverde added. "We also have to give credit to the opponent, who are in need of points. It would be nice to score my first goal tomorrow but we are all focused on the match and not on who could score".

"That's why they've had such a good run this season".

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