Champions League: Barcelona becomes first team to qualify for Round of 16

Champions League: Barcelona becomes first team to qualify for Round of 16

Barcelona are assured of a berth in the Champions League knockout stage after drawing 1-1 with Inter Milan.

Messi was among the travelling party that flew to Milan on Monday and trained at the San Siro with his teammates later in the day. Therefore, the defence and Marc-Andre ter Stegen will have to be in top form to nullify his impact.

Inter Milan is still in good position to advance from the group, sitting behind Barcelona with two wins and the one loss and five points clear of both Tottenham and PSV Eindhoven.

"I think Barcelona played far better than us and we could've done more".

"It was a decision shared by the team", Valverde said, per the Daily Mail.

"We wanted the whole team to travel to train together, but in the end it was not the same training [Messi was involved in] as the calibre of this match, with that intensity", he said. "We'll know more after training", added the Inter coach.

"We're all happy for Malcom", Busquets said.

"Leo is so big that we have to enjoy him much more".

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has revealed that Ronaldo was keen to stay at the club prior to his blockbuster move to Inter, but decided on a transfer while Blaugrana officials were out celebrating his contract renewal at dinner.

After his goal, the Brazilian he gave the impression that he is not ready to quit the Nou Camp just yet. 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 Catalan giant can clinch top spot in Group B by beating Inter at San Siro on Tuesday, but Valverde is expecting Luciano Spalletti's side to pose a tougher challenge than it did in its first meeting. Barcelona have not lost in the last eight matches in all competitions.

It is going to be another late night match for football fans in India as Barcelona take on Inter Milan on November 07, 2018, at 01:30 am IST (Tuesday midnight).