Valverde: ‘Barcelona must keep focus’

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde warns his side must remain focused against Inter “until the final whistle”.

The Nerazzurri have become specialists in late goals, with the latest coming via Mauro Icardi to win Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina.

“We have to play without [Leo] Messi and we’ll miss him,” Valverde admitted, speaking to RAI Sport.

“We’ll have to play in a different way, because no-one else has what Messi has.

“Another thing we need to keep in mind is that Inter are dangerous right up to the 90th minute, so we know we can’t relax until the final whistle.

“With Inter, as we saw against Tottenham, Sampdoria and Milan, you have to fight to the end.”

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