Barcelona showed that they can get by without Lionel Messi by defeating Inter Milan 2-0 on Wednesday.
Rafinha and Jordi Alba grabbed the goals as the Blaugrana impressed in Messi’s absence.
The Argentine is recovering from a broken arm he suffered in Barcelona’s 4-2 win against Sevilla last Saturday.
The Spanish giants are hopeful that Messi will return when they visit Atletico Madrid on November 24.
Messi was in attendance at the Camp Nou to watch his teammates continue their encouraging start in Europe.
It’s now three wins in three for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who occupy first place in Group B.
So Messi will be pleased. He’s expected to miss the return fixture in Milan but will be eyeing the meeting against PSV Eindhoven, the club he scored a hat-trick against in September, on November 28.
Messi was joined by his son
The 31-year-old sat alongside his son Thiago, with his right arm in a sling.
Messi’s son, five, wore a Barcelona tracksuit but it seems he may have a soft spot for Juventus, too.
Footage has emerged in which Thiago shows his father his drawings - and the Juventus logo is clearly visible.
That will please Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi revealed last month that Thiago has started to take more of an interest in football - although he knows not to bring it up when Barcelona lose.
“He knows it's best not to talk about it but sometimes he lets something drop and then he says: ‘ah I know we aren't talking about that’,” Messi said.
Since Thiago’s birth in 2012, Messi has tried not to take defeats so badly.
“Since Thiago's birth I try to take defeats in a different way. But it's difficult,” he added.
“I suffer a lot and I find it hard to pick myself up again.”
Messi and his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, have since had two more children.
Mateo was born in 2015 and Ciro arrived in March 2018.
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