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> Cata­lans have op­tions for Glad­bach even with­out Messi

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BARCELONA will travel to Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach for their Cham­pi­ons League match to­day with­out Lionel Messi but the Spa­niards have enough op­tions and fire­power to plug the gap left by the Ar­gen­tine, coach Luis En­rique said.

Messi has been side­lined for three weeks with a groin in­jury but Barca were un­af­fected by their leader’s ab­sence on Satur­day, fir­ing five goals past Sport­ing Gi­jon in a show of force ahead of their sec­ond Group C match.

Their open­ing game in Europe was even more im­pres­sive as the Spa­niards crushed Celtic 7-0 to move top of the stand­ings on goal dif­fer­ence ahead of Manch­ester City, led by their for­mer coach Pep Guardi­ola.

Barcelona have scored 18 goals in four games since los­ing 2-1 at home to Alaves on Sept 10, with Ney­mar and Luis Suarez in fine form.

“I have dif­fer­ent kinds of play­ers and that gives me a lot of op­tions,” Luis En­rique said. “De­pend­ing on who we are play­ing and the play­ers I have avail­able, I will pick the ones that I think are right for the sit­u­a­tion.

“To lose Messi means that foot­ball loses. With Messi we are stronger, but we will con­tinue be­ing strong,” he said.

He rested sev­eral play­ers on Satur­day, in­clud­ing Ivan Rakitic, An­dres Ini­esta, Jordi Alba and Javier Mascher­ano.

For Barca keeper Marc An­dreter Ste­gen it will be an emo­tional re­turn to the club he left in 2014.

“I had a fan­tas­tic time there and played for the club my en­tire ca­reer apart for the last two years,” Ter Ste­gen said.

“Borus­sia are my old love and that will re­main so but I iden­tify with Barca 100% and on the pitch there is only one club for me.”

They will need that fo­cus if they are to get max­i­mum points in Ger­many and snap Glad­bach’s 11-match win­ning streak at home in all com­pe­ti­tions fol­low­ing their 2-0 vic­tory over In­gol­stadt on Satur­day.

Coach An­dre Schu­bert will have Raf­fael back, the Brazil­ian hav­ing

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