Barcelona vs Real Madrid: 5 key clashes that will define El Clasico

Barcelona cruise past Inter without Messi

Barcelona team news: Expected XI vs Inter Milan, Lionel Messi out of Champions League tie

"We have heard the rumours, but we have confidence and hopefully we will play well at Camp Nou".

Rafinha constantly harassed Inter's players when they had possession, and he stole the ball from Matias Vecino to spark the move that led to his first goal in 18 Champions League appearances.

"We know what Madrid are like, they are more unsafe when they are wounded", said Valverde at a press conference on the eve of the game.

Ahead of Real Madrid's clash with Roma in the Champions League official photos for the 2018/19 season were taken which included one of the first team squad, the youth teams, the captains, the new signings and one of the technical staff which included Florentino Perez.

The absence of Lionel Messi, out for three weeks with a fractured arm, dominated all the talk - pre-match, post-match and in the stands.

The 26-year-old is also hopeful that Messi will finish his career at Barcelona.

Barcelona coach Valverde praised his side for "stepping up".

His arm in a sling and a wide grin across his face, Lionel Messi was able to enjoy Barcelona's lovely play from the stands for once.

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Real Madrid's coach Julen Lopetegui has been under fire, with his future with the Spanish giants hanging in the balance.

Former Inter Milan, Sevilla and Real Madrid striker Ivan Zamorano says Inter have the ability to beat Barcelona with Mauro Icardi leading the way.

We all know how famous El Clasico is, and as every hour passes by, football fans can't help but ask several questions regarding this great fixture.

"The more wounded Real Madrid are, the more risky they are", Valverde said.

"The Clasico is played from many points of view: from a tactical point of view, from an emotional one".

'It is always the way and you don't think about what state of mind the other team is in when they arrive'.

"Leo is happy here, he feels comfortable, he's spent his whole life here and we want him to feel comfortable", he added.

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