No Messi, no problem as Barca beat Inter in Champions League

No Messi or Ronaldo but Clasico could still define season

Julen Lopetegui said it was the happiest day of his life being named coach of Real Madrid but he could not have imagined what would follow in the next 138 days.

There are a few Real Madrid head coaches over the years whose first clasico was also their last.

Icardi and Inter were looking to take advantage of Messi's absence, with the Barca captain and five-time Ballon d'Or victor sidelined due to a fractured arm.

Coach Ernesto Valverde must take much of the credit for the win: the Barca boss had said in his pre-game press conference that no one player could replace Messi and that the whole team would have to take on the responsibility.

Brazil midfielder Rafinha participated in the practice, after having taken Messi's spot in the starting lineup and scoring the first goal in the 2-0 win over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday.

Regarding bookmakers with PariMatch, they have odds on the victory of "Barcelona" is 1.53.

Barcelona, which enters the match in second place at one point behind Atletico, will entrust Luis Suarez to lead the attack.

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Where are Madrid's goals without Ronaldo?

"It's a shame that Messi isn't there for Barcelona, but they have the players to win". The game will also be remembered for Dani Carvajal's sending off who handled the ball on the line and gave away a penalty which Messi dispatched easily.

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Jose Mourinho will return to the Spanish capital "sooner or later". While Ronaldo's absence is permanent following his shock move to Juventus in July, Messi misses out through injury after suffering a fractured arm in Barcelona's win over Sevilla last weekend.

"And some others will come and then leave". The Welshman curled the ball around Marc Andre ter Stegen with a first time shot after Marco Asensio had laid the ball in his path.

They have failed to keep a clean sheet in six games across all competitions and what was a rock-solid defence last season is being regularly cut open by opposition attackers like hot knives through butter.

"It's a great game for us in this moment because we have no choice but to stand up", Toni Kroos said.

"I'm looking at several options, several players who can play in that position or we could change the system".

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