Barcelona will not risk Messi against Inter, assures Valverde


But putting Borja Valero on the pitch from the first minute is something that is yet to be decided: "Compared to the game last Saturday Vrsaljko, Asamoah and Icardi will return as starting players and Matteo Politano should get the nod over Antonio Candreva".

Last month, the Argentine football star suffered an injury against Sevilla which made him to miss the Champions League tie against Inter Milan and also the El Clasico with Real Madrid.

Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti wants his side to prove they can beat anyone by coming out on top against Champions League rivals Barcelona later this evening. But wins, in any form, can not be overlooked.

"Right now, he's scoring goals, more goals than perhaps before".

Luis Suarez scored twice on Saturday, the second an 89th-minute victor to complete a late comeback against Rayo.

"We know how many goals Luis and Leo have scored together", Ivan Rakitic said after the match. More than anything because he is one more [player] and so we have more to choose from. Meanwhile, Jordi Alba has arguably been Barcelona's best player in the absence of Messi, and should be the left-back for the vistors, while Sergi Roberto is likely to start on the opposite flank. After six games without a goal, he has now hit six in his last four.

"We've always said we can play against anyone, and that still holds true". "Under the new coach I'm not being picked but I'm working on it".

Inter Milan is still in good position to advance from the group, sitting behind Barcelona with two wins and the one loss and five points clear of both Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven.