Uncertainty about Messi does not affect Real Madrid’s `Clasico’ plans, Solari says

Cómo estás Leo? La cara de Messi lo dice todo

For Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg at home to rivals Real Madrid, Barcelona's shirts will include Chinese characters.

Lionel Messi has scored 12 goals in his last nine games.

"In football, it is good for the best players to play in all games", Solari said.

And the suspense about Messi's right leg injury entered a third day on Tuesday, with Barca still quiet about the full extent of the problem and not saying whether he will be available. But Barcelona face a crucial test as they will play against Real Madrid three times in the span of a month amidst their Champions League fixtures. We should have a better idea about an hour and a half before kickoff, which is set for 3 p.m. ET.

"The most important thing is for the player to tell you that he is ready", coach Ernesto Valverde said.

"Now he's calmer and he's an important player for us, but it's a shame because of the level he was showing".

"It is nearly impossible to stop the competitor Messi if he wants to play". "If it was the last match tomorrow, than it would be different". Solari has all of his best forwards, including an in-form Karim Benzema, the quickly maturing Vinicius Junior, and a fully fit Gareth Bale.




"I hope not, although it is curious to say the least", Solari said. Barcelona will obviously look to win every competition they are a part of to maintain their sky-high standards and over dependency on one man's genius can be harmful.

Solari's squad has been depleted with numerous injuries recently, however with a number of players returning to fitness this week, he should have more a choice regarding his starting line-up for this clash.

There is little doubt Benzema will start, as he has six goals in the last four matches.

Ousmane Dembele, who had trained separately on Monday, also re-joined his teammates in Tuesday's practice, but he was not included in the squad list for Wednesday's game.

Every player loves these big clashes, and Messi is in great form, so even if the manager tries to persuade him to rest, I think it would be hard to convince him of not playing.

"Real Madrid usually play well at the Camp Nou", Valverde said.

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