Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

Inter Milan will host Barcelona on Tuesday night knowing they are both overwhelming favourites to qualify from Group B. With group rivals Tottenham nearly out of contention with just one point so far against their name, Inter (six points) and Barca (nine) are odds-on to reach the Champions League knockout stages at Spurs' expense.

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (1) during the match FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, for the round 10 of the Liga Santander, played at Camp Nou on 28th October 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. After not scoring in the first four games of the season, Icardi has scored eight goals in his last eight goals between Serie A and Champions League.

Hargreaves agrees that Ernesto Valverde's side are among the best teams in the tournament and insists the Blaugrana are fully worthy of their billing because the quality of their squad.

Barcelona and Inter Milan players in action during their UEFA Champions League match on 6 November 2018.

"We would like to win and seal qualification for the knockout stage". They passed the ball around really well.

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Inter Milan is still in good position to advance from the group, sitting behind Barcelona with two wins and the one loss and five points clear of both Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven. Umtiti has returned to training but is still not fully match fit yet, meaning Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start at the heart of the defence once again.

"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. 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.

Ousmane Dembele equalized with three minutes remaining in the match.

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

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