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

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Barcelona are now top of Group B after winning all of their games in the Champions League, while opponents Inter sit in second - their only defeat coming against the Spanish side.

Barcelona are three points ahead of Inter, after beating the Italian side 2-0 in their last game.

Barcelona secured their place in the Champions League knockout stage on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw away to Inter Milan, as Harry Kane revived Tottenham Hotspur's hopes but Liverpool slumped to a shock defeat. On Sunday, Barcelona included the Argentine star in its squad for the midweek Champions League clash at Inter Milan.

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"We played the best team in the world and they scored a typical Barcelona goal", Icardi told Sky Sport Italia .

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. We would like to win, of course, because [we've not qualified] yet". "They will likely play with the intention of having the ball and following their gameplan". Umtiti has returned to training but is still not fully match fit yet, meaning Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet will start at the heart of the defence once again.

Barcelona have coped well in Messi's absence - winning all four of the games he has missed. "With Lionel Messi on the bench all eyes will be on Mauro Icardi and his duel against opponent striker Luis Suarez and more generally speaking on the duel between his Inter against a Barcelona with tons of more experience". "But we never gave up, we kept fighting and I got the goal". The final spot in the side should go to the captain, Messi.

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Ousmane Dembele equalized with three minutes remaining in the match.

The Argentinean wizard had not received the medical all-clear before travelling to Milan.

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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