Cape Town - Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident that
the Blaugrana will maintain a high level of performance despite missing their
talisman Lionel Messi.
The Catalans will host Inter in a Champions League clash on
Wednesday but they will be without Messi, who fractured his arm in the 4-2 win
over Sevilla on Saturday. However, the club president remains optimistic about
"Messi will be out for however long he needs to
be," Bartomeu told the press.
"Without Leo we are still competitive, but the
important thing is to move forward.
"We have to win, of course, and prepare ourselves. The
players are conscious of where they are."
Messi has been in terrific form so far this season and will
be a big miss for the Spanish giants. The Argentine has scored 12 goals and
made six assists in only 12 games.