Barcelona through to Champions League last 16 despite Mauro Icardi leveller

Tanya Simon
November 10, 2018

"We wanted him to train with the team but training isn't the same as playing".

Lionel Messi has travelled with the Barcelona squad to take on Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite not having "the medical all-clear" after fracturing his arm.

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.

And his actions a day after the match express why he is considered the greatest player of all time by many football fans.

Barcelona captain Messi missed his team's 2-0 defeat of Inter two weeks ago, with Rafinha deputising and scoring against his old club in the Group B meeting. We countered a few times and caused some problems, but it was really hard for us to take the weight off and hold the ball for a while.

Barca lead the group with nine points from three games followed by Inter on six while PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham have one point each.

"Leo is at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait for the training session".

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The Slovenia global made his best save just before the hour mark when he charged out to block Ivan Rakitic's shot as the Croatian bore down on goal.

The deal fell apart and Ronaldo told him that Inter had offered a contract with a significant raise and he would be going forward with it. They will probably see more off the ball, which likely translates to more chances for the clinical Mauro Icardi.

"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".

The match will be played at the San Siro and kicks off at 1:30 a.m. IST tonight.

Despite only picking up a draw in the end, Barcelona's performance was much improved from their last match against 19th placed Rayo Vallecano.

That is what Ernesto Valverde has said.

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