Messi 'Icing On The Cake' For Dangerous Barca - Spalletti

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Barcelona qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League despite Mauro Icardi snatching a late 1-1 draw for Inter Milan at the San Siro yesterday.

Messi broke his arm during Barca's win over Sevilla on October 20, with the club estimating at the time he would be out for three weeks. "We wanted him to train with the team but training isn't the same as playing", Valverde said of the Argentine talisman.

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. Ousmane Dembele should keep his play in attack as Messi continues to be game ready on the sidelines.

Gaspart revealed that Ronaldo was looking forward to renewing his Barcelona contract, and they had also typed out the details of his new deal in front of him and his agents.

Even without Messi, Barcelona kept the hosts corralled in their own end for most of the night and it took a heroic performance by Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to prevent a rout on Tuesday night.

Barcelona are now 10 points and it in in any results in four final matches of the group may not fall below second place in the group.

"He could play, but we have to wait until after training and see how he feels".

He also expressed that "I think it's better if he's there".

"You do not know what can happen and we didn't want to take risks". The only slip up he might've made in this match was the one that led to a goal.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt is Barca's top target in defence, but Skriniar is reportedly an alternative.

According to Sport, all of Barcelona's first team were given the day off to rest up and prepare for their match against Betis on Sunday.

Inter midfielder Matteo Politano reacts after a missed scoring opportunity during the Champions League group B soccer match between Inter Milan and Barcelona at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.



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