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

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Domingo Copeland | 07 November, 2018, 07:08

Mauro Icardi cancelled out an effort from Malcom as Inter Milan came from behind to draw 1-1 with Barcelona in Tuesday night's Champions League clash at San Siro.

More crucially, key players have delivered while others, less prominent, have stepped up. After six games without a goal, he has now hit six in his last four.

"It's the right time to show what we're worth", said Spalletti, whose side are coming off a seven-match winning streak in Serie A in which they are in second place, three points behind champions Juventus. We expect them to have a little more pressing and pressure high up the pitch.

Barcelona certainly had the best of what was an open first 45 minutes, and had another opportunity to make the breakthrough just before the break, but Luis Suarez was denied by Handanovic as the two teams headed down the tunnel at 0-0. "Under the new coach I'm not being picked but I'm working on it". "We have to see if he's safe to play", Valverde told reporters Monday.

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"Rafinha is a player who moves well between lines", Valverde said after the win over Inter.

Real are now without a permanent manager after sacking Julen Lopetegui following a poor start to the season, with Santiago Solari now serving as caretaker.

Barcelona sparked confusion by omitting Messi from the original squad list for the game published on social media, only to amend it minutes later with their captain included.

Barcelona are top of Group B with maximum points from three games ahead of Inter Milan who lost 2-0 in Spain. If they must, they know they can function without him.

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