Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Lionel Messi: Barcelona team-mate makes surprise ‘scarred’ claim ahead of injury return

Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo. Francesc Adelantado
Kristopher Love | 06 November, 2018, 10:15

He added: "The other day [vs Rayo] we started the game very well, but then it was hard for us to play as we did in the previous matches".

The Argentine superstar made a surprise return to training last Wednesday, despite initially being ruled out for three weeks when he suffered the injury against Sevilla on Oct.20.

After their sleek victory over Rayo Vallecano last weekend, Barcelona head to the San Siro on Tuesday evening for their match day four clash of the UEFA Champions League against Inter Milan.

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.

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. If I could choose, I hope he doesn't play, ” said Valero. More than anything because he is one more [player] and so we have more to choose from. During the first game, we did not manage to keep the ball well enough to turn the game around.

"It will be hard because they're a courageous team with a way of playing that I love".

Instead, the more diligent Rafinha was named in the starting line-up at home to Inter last month and the Brazilian justified Ernesto Valverde's faith by scoring the opener against the same club he played for on loan only five months ago. Finally, Suarez scored his second and Barcelona's victor in the dying seconds of the match to rescue the full three points for the Catalan giants.

"But, in the end, we won by playing doing something different".