Valverde reveals why Messi was dropped for Champions League clash

11 Décembre, 2019, 00:05 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona's squad for their final Champions League group stage match against Inter.

Inter now occupy second place in Group F, ahead of Borussia Dortmund on goal difference, and know that anything other than a win could see the German side pip them to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"Internal decisions will remain internal", Valverde said at a press conference when asked about the Ballon d'Or victor.

Barca visit fourth-placed Real Sociedad in their next La Liga match on Saturday, before welcoming Madrid to the Camp Nou the following Wednesday.

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"We are coming off the back of a number of games and, taking into account what we have coming up, we decided he (Messi) couldn't come", according to Marca.

Barca will be missing Ousmane Dembele, Jordi Alba and Nelson Semedo, who are recovering from respective injuries, while Inter will be without the services of Alexis Sanchez, Stefano Sensi and Roberto Gagliardini.

Ansu Fati's participation in the game is in doubt due to problems with the patellar tendons in both knees while Arthur has been struggling with a groin problem. "It will be better for me and better for the club", he had said during a recent interview.

"We come here to compete, but knowing that they have a great team".


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