Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Barcelona make Lionel Messi decision about potential Inter Milan return

Barcelona make Lionel Messi decision about potential Inter Milan return

However the 31-year-old Argentine has travelled with the squad to the San Siro, and could yet be declared fully fit. "Of course, it is necessary to get Messi back as soon as possible".

He added: "The other day [vs Rayo] we started the game very well, but then it was hard for us to play as we did in the previous matches".

Four wins out of four, including a stroll past Inter Milan and a hammering of Real Madrid so severe it cost their coach his job, mean Messi reunites with a team enjoying its strongest run of the season, ironically without its star striker.

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

Barca lead Group B with nine points from three games heading into Tuesday's fixture in Milan, ahead of Inter (six points), Tottenham (one) and PSV Eindhoven (one).

"It's the right time to show what we're worth", said Spalletti, whose side are coming off a seven-match winning streak in Serie A in which they are in second place, three points behind champions Juventus. I never made the first step to say I want this player. We are going to prepare for the game.

Messi - who returned to training on Wednesday - is unlikely to be risked given the club's medical team have not cleared him to play, but will be on hand should Valverde feel the need to call upon him.

"We have to give everything to win but we can't forget that they are favourites". The Catalans have already conceded 14 goals in 12 league games this season, more than 11 other sides in Spain's top flight. We know we have to improve, but the important thing is the goal difference. "We're seeing them create very little but be efficient with the chances the do have".

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