Barcelona cruise past Inter without Messi

28 October, 2018, 14:01 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Manager Julen Lopetegui is already under severe pressure ahead of taking his Real side to defending champions Barcelona - a fixture Ronaldo and an injured Lionel Messi will be absent from for the first time since 2007 .

Real Madrid will travel to the Camp Nou to engage the Blaugrana in the first Clasico of the campaign.

World football's biggest game will be missing the sport's two biggest stars.

With Messi out, Valverde could bring in Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou, the 21-year-old who enjoyed a bright start to the season but has lost his place in recent weeks.

It's going to happen again this weekend as Ronaldo has ventured to Serie A and Messi has picked up an arm injury.

Julen Lopetegui said it was the happiest day of his life being named coach of Real Madrid but he could not have imagined what would follow in the next 138 days.

"We also could've scored over the course of the game but they were stronger than us and deserved to win".


Regarding bookmakers with PariMatch, they have odds on the victory of "Barcelona" is 1.53.

BARCELONA face Inter Milan in the Champions League tonight - but who will Ernesto Valverde choose to start the game? Madrid are in need of a win to move forwards.

Inter have won their last seven games in all competitions, and will provide a stern test of a Barcelona side who had been winless in four domestic matches before Saturday's 4-2 win over Sevilla.

Barcelona decimated their arch-rivals at Santiago Bernabeu with goals from Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Alexis Vidal.

"We have to be able to play our style, that is the key", Valverde said. "On Sunday we have a game that motivates us a huge amount".

The only Barca players with reason to be anxious as forward Ousmane Dembele and Malcome, who took no part in the game despite Messi's absence and can expect more of the same at the weekend.

There were disgruntled whistles at full-time on Tuesday, the home fans deflated after watching a team that featured UEFA's best goalkeeper, defender and player hang on for a 2-1 victory over Viktoria Plzen.

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