Barcelona include Messi in squad to face Inter Milan

Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo

Messi and Umtiti take part in Friday's rondo

Barcelona have won all three of their opening Champions League games in Group B and would secure their place in the knockout phases of the competition with a win over Inter at the San Siro. "We all play better with Messi", Valverde assured the gathered media.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in last Sunday's El Clasico which led to the sacking of Julen Lopetegui, was reportedly set to be absent for three weeks.

'In the end we had to go for it, trying to find finishes from within the area, and if that couldn't be achieved, trying another way. We had many problems with our opponents and once they scored, they grew in confidence.

Suarez has stepped up with Lionel Messi sidelined due to injury and his double helped Barca to a hard-fought 3-2 win on Saturday.

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He desperately wanted to play for England again", scrum head coach Neal Hatley said. We've got to be ready for everything.

That Barcelona have a unique approach to the game is a fact that Luciano Spalletti, head coach of the Blaugrana's midweek Champions League opponents Inter Milan, has become the latest football figure to discuss.

However, Messi returned to training on Wednesday and has now been included in the squad for Barcelona's trip to Inter.

"If Messi was ready tomorrow, he'd be there and we would be stronger", Valverde said before their victory against Vallecano.

Inter, meanwhile, are also in high spirits with Luciano Spalletti's side second in Serie A and aiming for revenge after their 2-0 reverse against Barcelona in their last Champions League tie.

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