CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Messi, Piqué sit out Barcelona's trip to Inter

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has summoned 20 players for the trip to Milan, including youngsters Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Dani Morer and Ronald Araújo.

Messi, Pique sit out Barcelona's trip to Inter
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After a hectic run of days which included his fantastic late goal winner against Atlético Madrid at the Wanda, the sixth Ballon d’Or celebrations in Paris and a hat trick against Mallorca, Lionel Messi has agreed to rest for Barcelona’s trip to Inter Milan.

As the two important league games against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid loom, coach Ernesto Valverde has decided to leave the captain at home for the inconclusive final fixture against Inter in Champions League Group F, where Barcelona have already secured the top spot.

Also missing the flight are two deputy captains, Gerard Piqué and Sergi Roberto. The latter suffered a blow in the game against Mallorca on Saturday and, with Nelson Semedo injured, his availability for Sociedad and Madrid is vital.

In total Valverde has summoned 20 players for the trip to Milan, including stalwarts Luis Suárez and Sergio Busquets, youngsters Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Dani Morer and Ronald Araújo. Reserve team goalkeeper, 20-year-old Iñaki Peña, also makes the flight.

Barcelona squad for Inter Milan trip

Goalkeepers: Ter Stegen, Peña, Neto
Defenders: Busquets, Todibo, Lenglet, Umtiti, Wague, Junior Firpo, Araújo, Morer
Midfielders: Rakitic, Aleña, De Jong, Vidal, Perez, Riqui Puig, 
Forwards: Griezmann, Suarez, Ansu Fati