Barcelona captain andres iniesta: we’re sufficiently strong without lionel messi

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has advised Real Madrid that his team is going to be formidable even when star player Lionel Messi is not able to experience in Saturday’s La Liga showdown in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Argentinian forward Messi continues to be from action since September 26 having a knee injuries however the club’s all-time top scorer came back to training now and it is expected for traveling the squad with this season’s first ‘El Clasico’.

“Let us hope he is able to play, whether that’s from the beginning or otherwise, because he’s an important player for all of us,Inch Iniesta stated on his club’s official website. “We nonetheless possess a competitive enough squad to compete without or with him within the team.”

Messi scored 58 goals in most competitions last season for Barcelona within their Primera Division, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble-winning campaign.

Throughout his absence this year, Luis Suarez and Neymar have taken into account 20 of Barca’s 23 goals. Neymar is La Liga’s leading scorer with 11 goals, two greater than Suarez.

“Our form causes us to be feel confident,” Iniesta stated. “Within our newest games we’ve been consistent in each and every sense.

“But we all know this will not be a simple much, it never is. Both teams have players that may change any game.”

Barca, coached by Luis Enrique, are three points obvious of Real. Th ey have stored a clear sheet within their last four games in most competitions and scored eight goals along the way.

Real possess the best attacking line in La Liga with 26 goals and t hey boast the 2nd best defensive position behind Atletico Madrid with only seven goals conceded in 11 games.

“We have to dominate the possession and not simply create goalscoring chances but bring them, too,” Iniesta stated.

Barca last beat Real within the league in the Bernabeu stadium within the 2013-14 campaign having a 4-3 triumph, thanks to a Messi hat-trick, but m ore memorable is the 6-2 thrashing of Real in Madrid in May 2009.

“You usually remember whenever you win there and much more so, whether it’s in that way,Inch Iniesta stated. “But to be able to win in the Bernabeu, you need to be at the best.”

As a whole, the edges have faced one another 170 occasions within the Primera Division, with Real winning 71 and losing 67.

For that second time this year, Real coach Rafa Benitez may have all his players readily available for selection, including goalie Keylor Navas.

A muscle injuries forced the Panama And Nicaragua , worldwide to overlook the team’s 3-2 defeat at Sevilla prior to the worldwide break, Real’s first loss under Benitez.

Navas has stored six clean sheets in nine league games for Los Blancos.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s Real’s leading scorer with eight goals, has unsuccessful to obtain the back from the internet in the team’s latter games and that he w ill lead their attack alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Benzema has retrieved from the muscular problem while Bale, who missed four games having a calf problem before coming back to action at Sevilla, is searching toward the match.

“I am ready for fight,” the Welsh forward stated on his club’s official website. “I am certain you will see an attacking game from both teams.

“It will likely be a level contest. It certainly is tough against them, but fingers entered we are capable of getting more goals than them.”

Source: PA

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