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However, failure to beat Inter just four days before they entertain Real Madrid in "El Clasico" would sow the seeds of doubt ahead of one of their biggest games of the season.

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. "It includes lies that harm me as a professional and I expect a rectification as I ponder taking legal action".

"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.

"We have seen several games without goals and that is worrying because Real Madrid have always scored".

"I have a great relationship with him", said Jordi Alba, Barca's left-back, who played under Lopetegui for Spain. We hope he recovers quickly.

Rafinha insists Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League win over Inter Milan was the ideal preparation for their encounter with Real Madrid. You will be able to watch all the action and build up to El Clasico on Sunday the 28th of October with beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

"Barcelona have talent in every part of the pitch, this is a game against one of the strongest teams in the world".

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"Real Madrid remain a top team, either with or without Cristiano".

Midfielders, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic are expected to hold the midfield position for Valverde's side, while Sergi Roberto will start at right-back.

It's been nearly 11 years since an El Clasico took place with neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi on the pitch.

"We don't focus too much on [stories that Madrid are in crisis]", Valverde said.

Lopetegui said Messi's absence was not a big factor in his preparations for the game. We want to give our best in all aspects.

In the only other game Messi hasn't started this season, Barca struggled to a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao and only began to produce something approaching their best football when the Argentinian came on as a second-half substitute.


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