Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde - Lionel Messi training but no decision on availability

Lionel Messi in Barcelona's squad to play Inter Milan in Champions League

Inter Milan will host Barcelona on Tuesday night knowing they are both overwhelming favourites to qualify from Group B. With group rivals Tottenham nearly out of contention with just one point so far against their name, Inter (six points) and Barca (nine) are odds-on to reach the Champions League knockout stages at Spurs' expense.

We'll learn the answer Tuesday at San Siro Stadium when Barcelona takes on Inter Milan in a UEFA Champions League Group B game.

Barcelona boss Valverde was quoted by Marca as saying in his post-match press conference: "We wanted to close out our lead, we did everything possible, but we're happy because we managed to qualify".

Barcelona missed the service of Lionel Messi who is recuperating from injury, but it was a nice win for them as they stay top of the Spanish La Lagi with 24 points. We will go there to win. It will be a very tough game and there will be a lot at stake, because the prize is an important one. They lead the section by two points from Schalke, who defeated Galatasaray 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen. They passed the ball around really well.

At the back, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Langlet and Jordi Alba are all likely to start. Barcelona has cruised thus far in Champions League play, going 3-0-0 with a plus-eight goal differential. "But we never gave up, we kept fighting and I got the goal". Elsewhere, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur and Sergio Busquets are likely to maintain their places in midfield.

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Upfront, Luis Suarez is another player who has stepped up in Messi's absence, and should be focal point of the Barcelona attack.

Barca were on the front foot from kick-off and Ousmane Dembele forced Handanovic into the first of a series of fine saves with a sharp curling strike just a minute into the game.

He has travelled with the squad to Milan without the all-clear from the club's medical team.

Valverde said of not including the Argentinian in his matchday 18: "We didn't want to take a risk with Leo".

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