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Valverde: Barcelona is ready to play without Messi

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Ahead of Barcelona’s crucial match against Internazionale Milano, manager Ernesto Valverde explained how the squad will cope with Messi’s absence.

The first pictures of Lionel Messi after the injury were made public, FC Barcelona already confirmed he will be out for a month and manager Ernesto Valverde explained how the squad will cope without their best player.

It’s no secret that FC Barcelona depends on Lionel Messi for everything, but that doesn’t mean that the Catalan club doesn’t have the players to compete against the Italian club on Wednesday.

The Spanish manager already confirmed that Luis Suarez may or may not also miss the game because his wife could give birth, the list also includes Brazilian winger Malcom and French youngster Ousmane Dembele.

But the big news for this match, will be both South American forwards missing the game for different reasons.

“We have to find a way to play without him,” Valverde told reporters via FC Barcelona’s official website.

“We will certainly miss him, but we hope we miss him while winning. You guys [the media] aren’t the only ones trying to find out how we will try to replace Leo. The coaches from the other teams are as well and I’m not going to give away what we are going to do.”

“We can’t have all the weight of Leo Messi on one player, we must do it all together. Messi is one of a kind but I think we have the players to step up and fill the vacuum.”

“He’s the best player, what do you want me to say? We depend on him, like we depend on others, but he is the best.”

“The doctors say about three weeks and sometimes people talk about getting back sooner. I’d love to say it will be magic and next week he’ll be back but I don’t think that is the case.”