Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Hope Soto
November 6, 2018

Luis Suarez fired them in front in the 11th minute, yet goals from Jose Angel Pozo and Alvaro Garcia Rivera swung the game in the home side's favour.

"Right now, he's scoring goals, more goals than perhaps before".

"Leo's at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait until after the training session [on Monday to decide]", Valverde said in a news conference.

"The latest results reinforce that and this will be a good opportunity to see if we really can play on a par with Barcelona, who represent the highest level of difficulty in football". Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there. "We know they will score many goals together again".

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Messi's absence opened up a gap to be filled further forward and many expected the chance to be given to the 21-year-old Ousmane Dembele.

"I do not think we will see a very different Barca, but they will go out and do the same, they never change their philosophy".

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.

"The pressure that has suffered the last generation of Argentine footballers has been for the three lost finals, we are a successful country but you cannot measure a group just for that, but for how it reached those finals". Messi very well may play, but with just two games left before the worldwide break, Barca could be better off giving him a couple more weeks of rest.

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