Barca’s support cast show their worth as Messi nears return against Inter

07 November, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Alyssa Little
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Dembele had a goal-bound strike blocked by Luis Suarez just before the 30-minute mark, before the latter fired wide of the far post with Inter standing and watching from a half-cleared corner.

Barca scored twice in the last three minutes to clinch a dramatic 3-2 win away at Rayo Vallecano yesterday.

Barcelona have fared well in Messi's absence, winning their last four matches in all competitions and spectacularly beating rivals Real Madrid 5-1 in the first Clasico encounter of the season at Camp Nou - a result that led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. The two teams will play the reverse fixture at the San Siro on Tuesday in Milan.

Messi very well may play, but with just two games left before the worldwide break, Barca could be better off giving him a couple more weeks of rest.

"I'm going to do everything I can to get selected, as I've always done ever since I made my debut with the national team", Alba said.

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"Leo's at the point where he might be available, but we have to wait until after the training session [on Monday to decide]", Valverde said in a news conference. "We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach.

"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.

Their chances will be significantly boosted if Messi returns but the last fortnight will perhaps have given Barca greater belief too.

Inter Milan have won seven straight Serie A games to move into second place, six points behind Juventus.

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