The Barça team traveled to Italy with Messi as a great novelty. On October 20, Argentine broke his right arm against Seville and his recovery was meteoric. He does not have a medical release yet, but he can get it right before the game starts.
In any case, Barcelona has already shown that she also knows how to live without Messi, even if it is worse. With Uruguayan Luis Suárez, who assumed the role of leader, he won all the matches played without Argentina, climbing the Spanish league and the B Champions League.
Without Messi, he won 2-0 at Camp Nou in Inter, and won three victories over the course of so many days. Given that the Italian team has less than three points and that both Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven have almost one, Barcelona could not only provide a transfer, but also practically condemned the leadership of the group.
For this, Barça coach Ernesto Valverde will have all of his team, with the exception of central Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umit, and Sergio Samper's midfielder who were wounded.
If he confirmed the return of Messi, Valverde bet on his favorite eleven, which included Brazilians Arthur and Coutinho, who helped Ivan Rakitič and Sergio Busquets in the lead of the team in the middle.
Inter disappointed Barcelona in order to prove himself as a team with small ambitions to fight to win a rival without his big star. Without much enthusiasm, azulgran never saw his victory at risk.
However, the Italian team has enough insulting walls that require attention. This was proven on the final day of Serie A when he won the Genoa 5-0 and won the second place on the Napoli, both six points for almost unacceptable Juventus.
Belgian Radja Nainggolan, Intera's midfielder, emerged as the main novelty in her team after a recovery from ankle injury in record time. In fact, he has already participated in the victory against Genoa with a little in the discount.
The advice will remain for Argentine Mauro Icardi, who will have another opportunity to offer his qualities in his Nou Campground.
"Barca are perhaps the strongest team in the competition, qualified to win the Champions League," said Italian coach Luciano Spalletti at a press conference yesterday.
After six years of absence from Inter in the Champions League, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium will host the game with a flavor of size and classicism. And with an additional boost to the possible return of Messi.