Ernesto Valverde explains Lionel Messi absence

Messi travels to Inter sans 'medical all-clear'

A look back at Messi’s goals against Italian teams ahead of Barcelona’s clash with Inter Milan

Lionel Messi once again watched from the sidelines and Barcelona's attack struggled without him as the Spanish side drew 1-1 at Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday despite dominating for large periods of the match.

Barca tops Group B with 10 points after four games; Inter is second with seven, while Tottenham Hotspur is third with four and PSV Eindhoven bottom and out of the competition with one.

The piece of play from Dembele was so good that Brozovic was forced to do his signature "crocodile" maneuver in the game rather than from a set-piece and some say he's still sliding as we speak.

Head coach Ernesto Valverde named the five-time Ballon d'Or victor in his squad for the contest, but an arm fracture sustained just two and a half weeks earlier ruled him out of action. "We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach. It was a top match and very intense, with lots of tackles.

Ivan Rakitic had also come close to finding the opener in the first period and missed a glaring chance after the interval when he had only goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to beat but fired straight at the body of the Slovenian.

Lionel MESSI, who while did not take part in the match due to injury, did take a picture with Argentina and Inter legend Javier ZANETTI.

FC pundit and former Major League Soccer star Alejandro Moreno thinks the duo would be better off staying in La Liga. After scoring, Icardi grabs the ball and all the players get back to the centre circle. They will probably see more off the ball, which likely translates to more chances for the clinical Mauro Icardi.

There has been too much unfair criticism of Malcom, his teammate Sergio Busquets said after the Brazilian scored his first goal for Barcelona in Tuesday's draw against Inter.

"To debut in the Champions League and score a goal, I will celebrate with the family".

The Argentine may not start but is in line to make a substitute appearance if deemed fit by Ernesto Valverde.

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