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Barca Forever

World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has brushed aside talk that he will leave Catalan giants Barcelona for Italian Champions Inter Milan. Messi has become the face of Barcelona and having sensed his worth on the pitch as well as financially, the club slapped a 250 million Euro exit clause on his contract to discourage any club from signing him.

“He was only joking and didn’t mean it seriously. “My situation has not changed, as Barcelona is my home and I am happy here. I thank Moratti for his words and for having thought of me, even if it was just a joke, but I hope to stay here forever.”

Messi was the hero again yesterday when he scored both goals as Barcelona beat FC Copenhagen 2-0 at the Nou Camp. Meanwhile, Inter Milan survived a late onslaught to emerge 4-3 winners over Tottenham at the San Siro.

If there is a team that has tottally surprised many it has to be Tottenham. Making its first appearance on the European Scene, Tottenham has proved to be a strong contender in Group A and their return fixture at White Hart Lane will be a mouth watering encounter.

Inter Milan might have won, but Tottenham take back a healthy away goal margin. Inter coach Rafa Benitez has conceded that his side were sloppy and should have bot allowed Bale to score a hat trick.

“We played wonderfully in the first half, scoring four times and playing beautiful football, but after the break the team seemed a bit too relaxed and started to think about Sunday’s game [against  Sampdoria],” Benitez told UEFA.com post-match. “This is an important victory, but we must learn from our mistakes and avoid a repeat of what happened in the second half in the future.

Benitez also downplayed stankovic’s injury. “[Dejan] Stankovic felt some pain in his calf so I opted to replace him and hopefully his injury should not be too serious.

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