Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Borja Valero: I'd prefer if Lionel Messi didn't play

Borja Valero: I'd prefer if Lionel Messi didn't play

The Barcelona captain returned to training on Wednesday just 11 days after fracturing his arm against Sevilla following a nasty fall in a 4-2 La Liga win at the Camp Nou. This sounds like the classic case of "let's see how he looks during training" on Monday before making a decision.

However the 31-year-old Argentine has travelled with the squad to the San Siro, and could yet be declared fully fit.

'In terms of his play and his movements, he's fine.

"When there are free kicks from far away, Ronaldo can kick them but we've decided that Dybala and Pjanic will take the set pieces close to the area". Of course it's necessary to get him back as soon as possible - it's always better if he's there.

The first game of Messi's absence was a 2-0 triumph over Inter at Camp Nou last month, and the return match is up next for the Catalans on Tuesday.

"With Messi, Barca's degree of unpredictability increases but their attitude is the same without him", he said.

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If Barcelona win the match, they'll qualify from the group as winners.

The Senegalese then said that the fans can play their part in the game and that he and teammates are focused on the match. "But I don't want to get ahead of ourselves too much".

"We need to control the game to have that chance", Valverde added.

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

Inter will seek hope in Barca's defensive record. We will have to wait and see what Ernesto Valverde decides.

"We're doing worse in that sense this season".

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