Barcelona and Inter Milan both scored in the final 10 minutes to split the points in Northern Italy, playing out a 1-1 draw that helps both in their pursuit of Champions League knockout stage qualification.
Perhaps it will depend on how much Barca need him and, in that respect, messi's absence has been less pronounced than many predicted 15 days ago when he tumbled and broke his right arm against Sevilla.
The piece of play from Dembele was so good that Brozovic was forced to do his signature "crocodile" maneuver in the game rather than from a set-piece and some say he's still sliding as we speak.
However, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor was not on Ernesto Valverde's 18-man squad when it was released prior to the match.
And Zanetti, who played with Messi for Argentina, has his fingers crossed Barca opt to give the superstar more time to recover. We countered a few times and caused some problems, but it was really hard for us to take the weight off and hold the ball for a while. The Catalans certainly deserved more at the San Siro but poor conversion of their chances while on the attack cost them two points and still left the top spot open in group B.
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"We were careful in training, but we knew that today's match would be like how it was with the intensity that there was". With 100s of goals to his name, and just about half the number of assists, Messi is an icon of the sport. "We've talked to him and he's been clear".
In the 1996-97 campaign, Ronaldo smashed an incredible 47 goals in 49 games in all competitions, making himself an instant favourite with fans following his move from PSV in the summer of 1996.
Inter wrestled back a point against a dominant Barcelona outfit in Milan, yet Ernesto Valverde focused on an impressive away display.
The match will be played at the San Siro and kicks off at 1:30 a.m. IST tonight.
Barcelona, on the other hand, have won all the last four matches without Messi.