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Messi assesses this performance against Inter Milan

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 03/10/2019

Lionel Messi has assessed his performances in the 2-1 win against Inter Milan and he has issued warning to the team rivals after the victory.

Messi has brought Barcelona campaign back on track after the disappointing 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund in their first match in the Champions League.

The Barcelona skipper insisted ’I am still getting started. This the first time that I have completed 90 minutes. As the season goes on I will gradually let loose,' he said after Barcelona beat Inter 2-1.

He also defended the relationship in the dressing room after Antoine Griezmann suggested the pair barely speak because neither is very talkative.

'There is a good relationship in the dressing room. We have a very united group,' he said. 'We had trouble getting going in this game but we are getting better.' 

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Messi side-stepped Kwadwo Asamoah and set off on one of his long dribbles which ended in him passing to Suarez whose first touch took him past Diego Godin allowing him to score the winner.

'It's the first game he started and finished,' said coach Ernesto Valverde of Messi. 

'And it was the first game with a real physical strain because of the rival. And we know he can decide a game with one piece of skill.' 

Antonio Conte was critical of several refereeing decisions and the treatment he received from referee Damir Skomina who booked him in the second half.

'We could have had a penalty in the second half. It was a very doubtful decision. Then they equalized,' he said.

'It's hard to take because with all we created we deserved more than Barcelona. But congratulations to them. In the end the play of a couple of great players changed everything. It's a shame for us.

'People who know me, know I find it hard to take defeat but there is some satisfaction coming here against a team that is set up to win the Champions League and we were able to hurt them, not as much as we could have.

'You know in these games everything can change with one move or goal. The glass is half full because of the attitude and the way we played. But the glass is half empty because we go home with nothing.' 

Of his yellow card he added: 'I showed respect [to the match officials] but they have to respect us too. I am upset, I'm upset that we lost the game.'
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