The tie ultimately ended 1-1 and handed Real the slight advantage going into the return leg at the Bernabeu, and Barca's overall performance ultimately posed the question of whether Messi should have been risked at all.
"But risking the fitness of any player - Messi or anyone else - I'm not really in favour of it because they inevitably play with some fear, and games like tomorrow can not be played with fear". "He deserves a lot of praise, as do his teammates who have taken him on board and helped him".
The second leg match will be played on the 28th of this month.
Real had other ideas, however, and though Messi created a few openings for his team-mates, he was starved of opportunities himself, while the visitors even ended the second half on top and could have stole victory themselves had Gareth Bale's touch not let him down.
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As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role. Although they pulled one back, skipper Kane Williamson will be disappointed with his side's performance in the ODI series .
"It was a hard test because it's a very special match", he commented. We had chances in the first half, with Vinicius Junior, and [Gareth] Bale and Toni Kroos late in the second half. But it was a very nice game of football, swung back and forward. "Both teams have lots of quality and many things can happen in a short time in these type of games".
"Comparisons are never fruitful", said the Argentine. This game is confirmation that this group of players is working very well.
"We have to score, it's simple", Valverde stated. "We're happy with what we've done today". "I will work ahrd to improve and play a little more".
A downer on the night for Madrid was another suspected muscle injury for young midfielder Marcos Llorente, who limped off with an hour gone.