Lionel Messi out of Champions League tie against Inter Milan
Lionel Messi out of Champions League tie against Inter Milan
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Lionel Messi out of Champions League tie against Inter Milan

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has left Lionel Messi out of his squad that will face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday night. 

The Blaugrana have already qualified for the knockout stage of the competition and will rest their starman for the tie that Inter Milan will be determined to win to advance. 

Messi was at his best over the weekend against Real Mallorca, netting a superb hat-trick as Barcelona romped to a 5-2 win.

The argentine has managed to put early injury concerns behind him to register 12 goals and provide five assists in the in 10 La Liga matches, overtaking Karim Benzema as the league's top scorer.

Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have also been left out of the 20-man team traveling to San Siro for the clash. 

 

Antonio Conte's men are on seven points in their group, same us Borussia Dortmund with Inter Milan's superior head-to-head record putting them above the Germans. 

Borussia, on the other hand, will host Slavia Prague and will hope Barcelona gets a positive result in Italy, which will almost guarantee them a spot in the next round, provided they win on the night. 

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