Lionel Messi could play against Inter, says Ernesto Valverde

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Barca takes on the Italian side on Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET.

German magazine Der Spiegel and a network of worldwide media reported last week that plans for a Super League, involving clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United were back on the table.

Barcelona boss Valverde was quoted by Marca as saying in his post-match press conference: "We wanted to close out our lead, we did everything possible, but we're happy because we managed to qualify".

As the video shows, Messi has scored goals against AC Milan, Roma, Juventus but he has not scored against Inter Milan in three different occasions and given his injury and well-being, it is highly unlikely that Messi would make a fourth appearance against Inter and ultimately break the deadlock.

Circumstances have helped. After Inter, came Real, who were in a mess, Cultural Leonesa, who play in Spain's third tier, and Rayo Vallecano, who are 19th in the table. "We know that Inter have picked up a lot of points in the last minutes".

"With Messi, Barca's degree of unpredictability increases but their attitude is the same without him", he said. "But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves too much. We need to be better in our reading of the game, but we're going to mark space, not men". We have to prepare for the game well. We didn't win but we qualified.

Malcom hopes his first competitive goal for the club will provide the springboard for him to go on and achieve big things in a Barca shirt.

Coach Ernesto Valverde said on Friday he did not rule Messi out of playing against Inter, but said he was concerned about rushing the player back, especially as his side are on a winning run without their usual talisman.

"We're doing worse in that sense this season". "We had to take care of the footballer especially in a match like this". I also look at the amount of times the opposition create chances.

"We've always said we can play against anyone, and that still holds true".

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