Expected XI vs Inter Milan, Lionel Messi out of Champions League tie

Sunday, 28 Oct, 2018

LaLiga leaders Barca host rivals Real Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday, with Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui reportedly on the brink of being dismissed.

"I expect to keep breathing whatever happens", Lopetegui said. "They are going to go into the game and hopefully look to win the game".

"The Clasico existed before that".

The most striking fact is that Real Madrid have still not been able to score before the 15th minute, and its earliest goal arrived in the 17th minute. "The Clasico is always the Clasico".

In Germany, LaLiga rivals Atletico Madrid suffered their heaviest Champions League defeat of coach Diego Simeone's seven-year spell with a 4-0 thrashing at Borussia Dortmund. "When he is not there, we have to supply it in some other way", the Spaniard said. "I'm not aware of what people are saying because that will not help me deliver a win".

Barcelona will also be without Lionel Messi, who is mending a broken right forearm.

To say that Madrid are finding it hard to come to terms with the summer departures of Ronaldo and equally legendary coach Zinedine Zidane is putting it mildly. They play well, passing the ball quickly and thinking fast.

"We knew how hard this match would be and we wanted to keep it open until the end, with some chances to do something positive".

Barca, who will be without the injured Messi, sit top of La Liga on 18 points, just one ahead of the chasing pack in what is shaping up to be the tightest title race in years.

"El Pais also carried news of former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois" reported reaction to the options: "I left London to not have to go through something like that again, ' it quoted him as saying". The German, who joined Barcelona from Borussia Monchengladbach back in 2014, won the treble under Luis Enrique - including the Champions League in Berlin - in his first season. But as I've heard so many here say already, this is El Clasico and anything can happen.

Both Barca and Inter have taken maximum points from their two group games so far in this season's competition, each side beating Tottenham and PSV.