Barcelona include Messi in squad to face Inter Milan

Dean Simpson
November 7, 2018

Valverde took a squad of 22 to Milan but left the decision over Messi until the final minute.

The voting processes ends on Friday, but claims have been made that Messi believes a final match-winning performance could sway the award in his favour.

He has travelled with the squad to Milan without the all-clear from the club's medical team. We know we have to improve, but the important thing is the goal difference.

"With Lionel Messi on the bench all eyes will be on Mauro Icardi and his duel against opponent striker Luis Suarez and more generally speaking on the duel between his Inter against a Barcelona with tons of more experience".

Icardi has regularly been linked to the LaLiga giants, who have won the Champions League in each of the past three seasons. In addition to Messi being injured, Samuel Umtiti will miss another game with a knee injury.

At the back, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Langlet and Jordi Alba are all likely to start.

Marc Andre Ter Stegen is indispensable in between the sticks and will certainly get the nod ahead of Jasper Cillessen yet again. Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are the other two players completing the midfield trio, with the experienced heads bringing a sense of calm in the middle of the park.

Barcelona certainly had the best of what was an open first 45 minutes, and had another opportunity to make the breakthrough just before the break, but Luis Suarez was denied by Handanovic as the two teams headed down the tunnel at 0-0.

Ousmane Dembele equalized with three minutes remaining in the match.

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