Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Lionel Messi absence vs Inter proved THIS about Champions League hopes

Lionel Messi absence vs Inter proved THIS about Champions League hopes

Just as it seemed they would inflict a second defeat of the season on the champions, though, Ousmane Dembele equalised with a terrific half-volley in the 87th, before Suarez turned in his second to snatch three points for Valverde and co.

Barcelona are now top of Group B after winning all of their games in the Champions League, while opponents Inter sit in second - their only defeat coming against the Spanish side.

Luis Suarez scored twice on Saturday, the second an 89th-minute victor to complete a late comeback against Rayo.

He has travelled with the squad to Milan without the all-clear from the club's medical team.

The Barcelona boss iterated during the pre-match press conference that Inter Milan will pose a major challenge, considering they will step up after their loss in the reverse fixture at Camp Nou last month. "We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach.

Aamir Khan is all praises for Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Zero’
Shah Rukh immediately reciprocated the kind gesture by sharing a picture of himself along with the Dangal actor on Twitter. Meanwhile, both Khan and Anushka Sharma had attended the press conference after the launch of their movie trailer, Zero .

Lionel Messi made the trip with Barcelona but is unlikely to play as he continues to recover from a fractured arm.

"When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here", said Guardiola ahead of City's game against Southampton on Sunday. With Umtiti out, Barcelona will turn to a center-back pairing of Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique to stop Icardi again.

Icardi has been regularly linked to the Champions League holders, although he recently hinted he could sign a new deal with Inter.

Behind the backline, Marc-Andre ter Stegen is an automatic selection to man the goal. 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.

Like this: