🏆 Inter vs Barcelona: Messi set for a rest but who will deputise for the great man?
🏆 Inter vs Barcelona: Messi set for a rest but who will deputise for the great man?
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🏆 Inter vs Barcelona: Messi set for a rest but who will deputise for the great man?

With top spot in Champions League Group F already secured, Barcelona has the luxury of fielding a few fringe names tonight in the San Siro against Inter Milan.

We still expect a strong XI to be named by coach Ernesto Valverde against the Serie A leaders, but it's already been confirmed that Leo Messi will be given the night off. That could mean an opportunity for Guinea-Bissau sensation Ansu Fati in a wide attacking role. 

How do we expect the sides to line up tonight in a match that Inter has to try and win to secure their place in the round of 16?

🔮 Inter Milan likely XI (3-5-2):

Handanović; Godín, De Vrij, Škriniar; D'Ambrosio, Valero, Brozović, Vecino, Biraghi; Lukaku, Martínez

In-form midfielder Nicolò Barella is out with an injury, which will be a blow for Conte's side, so experienced Spaniard Borja Valero is set to come into the centre of midfield. Conte must choose between Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah or Cristiano Biraghi at left wingback. Red-hot strike duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez will hope to cause Barça's defence problems. 

🔮 Barcelona likely XI (4-3-3):

ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo; Vidal, De Jong, Rakitić; Pérez, Griezmann, Fati

Antoine Griezmann was back among the goals on the weekend in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Mallorca and Valverde might opt to keep the Frenchman in the side, but Luis Suarez and Leo Messi will both have their feet up for the night. Intriguingly, we should catch another glimpse of Ansu Fati, the 18-year-old who has recently put pen to paper on a new deal keeping him at Barcelona until 2022.

 
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