No Messi, no Ronaldo: El Clasico enters a new era

Messi forced off field with apparent arm injury

Barcelona are without Lionel Messi for their Champions League showdown with Inter at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

"When (Messi) is with us he gives us a sense of security", Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. "It is a period for us without Messi and we want to miss him while we´re winning". We have to deal with it and we will be prepared.

The doctors wrapped his elbow with bandages and the playmaker tried to continue, but he eventually left the field.

"We had a great September before the worldwide break and we had to win to stay on this path, so we could arrive at Barcelona with this mentality, which is very important for us", Icardi added. The Argentinian's importance needs no highlighting and he should be a big miss at the Nou Camp as two European heavyweights go head-to-head.

Messi had set up the opener before doubling the score, but his evening took a sudden turn for the worse in the 23rd minute when he fell awkwardly under an innocuous challenge from Franco Vazquez. Luis Suarez added the third by converting a second-half penalty kick.

Pablo Sarabia and Luis Muriel twice reduced the deficit to two for Sevilla, either side of a sweeping volley from Ivan Rakitic.

"Barcelona have talent in every part of the pitch, this is a game against one of the strongest teams in the world".

Sevilla beat Real Madrid with those same weapons, but the difference between playing at home at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan and going to the Camp Nou is massive.

Real, meanwhile, have problems of their own heading into the clash, having slipped to a fourth defeat in five games through a shock home loss to Levante on Saturday.

Madrid began the match without Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who are coming off injuries.

Madrid finished with 70 percent possession and more than 30 attempts.

He's the team's leading scorer with seven goals in the league after nine matches. Despite Real's rough start to the season, there is no underestimating the European champions.

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