Does FC Barcelona's ideal UEFA Champions League record represent something more substantive than a hot start? The club have named Messi in their squad for the match at the San Siro, even if he is yet to be given the medical all-clear.
"When I left Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich and Manchester City I never asked Messi to come here", said Guardiola ahead of City's game against Southampton on Sunday.
Spalletti passed on buying Rafinha last summer, having had him on-loan from January last season.
"So Messi is watching from the stands and you're like, 'Man, this is the performance they're putting in'".
"[This was] Against an Inter team that a lot of people fancy this year because their performance in Serie A has been great, Icardi's great, this guy and that guy".
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Luis Enrique is yet to pick him for Spain but it would be hard to justify ignoring the full-back again when the next squad is announced later this week. Barcelona sits atop the group standings with nine points from three games and can clinch first place in its pool with a victory over second-place Inter. "We would like to win, of course, because [we've not qualified] yet".
"There was a moment in the first half when it seemed like the game could become end-to-end and possibly suffer. We're seeing them create very little but be efficient with the chances the do have". We're a team who play close together and find space.
"We are aware that Inter is a healthy club so that we do not have to sell and continue to respect [Financial] Fair Play".
Barca have done well without Messi.