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Germany: Valverde still unsure if Messi will play against Dortmund in CL match

Germany, Dortmund
September 16, 2019 at 22:15 GMT +00:00 · Published

FC Barcelona manager Ernest Valverde confirmed that the star of the squad, Lionel Messi, returned to full training with his teammates, but that he will still decide whether to feature him in the squad against Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League clash. Valverde spoke at a pre-match press conference in Dortmund on Monday.

"We will decide tomorrow if Messi plays. It is true that one week ago it wasn't very clear if he was going to make it for this game, but he completed the last training sessions with the team," he said.

The Barcelona coach also said he expects a great atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park. "Of course it will be a very difficult game for us. It is the main dish for a starter game and a great opportunity for us to test ourselves," he added.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen said that there was no additional pressure apart from the usual one when it comes to playing in Europe's elite football tournament. "There is always a very high level and we always try to win on the pitch, and we don't try to forget what happened last year, but to learn from those mistakes," said Ter Stegen.

Borussia Dortmund is set to face Barcelona at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Tuesday. Kick off is set at 19:00 GMT.

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FC Barcelona manager Ernest Valverde confirmed that the star of the squad, Lionel Messi, returned to full training with his teammates, but that he will still decide whether to feature him in the squad against Borussia Dortmund in Tuesday's Champions League clash. Valverde spoke at a pre-match press conference in Dortmund on Monday.

"We will decide tomorrow if Messi plays. It is true that one week ago it wasn't very clear if he was going to make it for this game, but he completed the last training sessions with the team," he said.

The Barcelona coach also said he expects a great atmosphere at the Signal Iduna Park. "Of course it will be a very difficult game for us. It is the main dish for a starter game and a great opportunity for us to test ourselves," he added.

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen said that there was no additional pressure apart from the usual one when it comes to playing in Europe's elite football tournament. "There is always a very high level and we always try to win on the pitch, and we don't try to forget what happened last year, but to learn from those mistakes," said Ter Stegen.

Borussia Dortmund is set to face Barcelona at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund on Tuesday. Kick off is set at 19:00 GMT.

RESTRICTIONS: MANDATORY CREDIT ""©UEFA 2019""; NEWS PROGRAMMING ONLY, NO ONLINE STAND-ALONES, NO SOCIAL MEDIA, NO ARCHIVING. OTHER THAN TO EDIT THE MATERIALS FOR THE PURPOSES OF ALTERING THE LENGTH AND/OR INSERTING CREDITS, SUCH MATERIALS MAY NOT BE EDITED, ALTERED, DELETED OR MODIFIED IN ANY WAY WHATSOEVER.

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