No Messi, no problem as Barca beat Inter in Champions League

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Real Madrid are preparing to tackle their first Clasico since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, as they head to Camp Nou to take on Barcelona on Sunday.

Barcelona can still win a "beautiful" Clasico even without Lionel Messi, according to Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann. However, the upcoming El Clasico 2018 football game will see no Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo but fans are still excited for the big game. The Whites get into this clash at the back of two successive La Liga defeats and will be going all out to put an end to the streak and grab all three points at Camp Nou.

Messi will return, in three weeks if his right arm heals as expected, but Ronaldo's permanent absence has weighed heavier with every chance missed.

But the France global said he is not concerned about his team's spot in the table at this early stage of the season, especially with powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona also stumbling at times so far.

His arm in a sling and a wide grin across his face, Lionel Messi was able to enjoy Barcelona's lovely play from the stands for once. 'And that goes to show that we are working well and working hard, and have the motivation to please our fans. Madrid are just four points clear of a woeful Valencia that have managed one win all season long.

'We have to be able to play our style, that is the key, ' Valverde said.

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In the group's other match, Tottenham conceded late to draw 2-2 at PSV Eindhoven, leaving both with only one point. On the Real Madrid side, it's likely Isco or Marco Asensio, but because Barcelona is in a good moment, expect something huge from somebody like Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele. Only once has he been on the winning side, on April 9, 2014 when he between the sticks for Atlético in the 1-0 victory in the 2013-14 Champions League quarter-finals.

"This result is a great confidence boost for all of us and when Sunday brings the Clasico we'll be so up for it".