Lionel Messi scored within three minutes of returning to action for the first time in more than three weeks to help fire La Liga champions Barcelona to a resounding 4-0 home win over Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. "This match was a test and we passed it".
France global defender Samuel Umtiti is also available after recovering from a knee ligament injury as Barca also prepare for a heavyweight Champions League clash with Premier League leaders Manchester City next Wednesday.
"When we play with the intensity required it makes it very hard for the opponent", said a relieved Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
"This is the ideal way to go into the Manchester City clash".
"I am very happy for him, it's a daily struggle for him to be what he was in this game", Simeone said about the 23-year-old Carrasco. "(But) City will be a very attractive rival.
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Rafinha netted the first two goals before Luis Suarez made it three on the stroke of half-time.
Guardiola, meanwhile, will be looking to use his superior knowledge of the Spanish giants to come up with a defensive plan to stop Messi, Suarez and Neymar, who have been scoring goals for fun.
Messi went on in the 55th to play for the first time since September 21.
"What reassures me is that in training he scores goals and in games he gets many chances".
Manager Luis Enrique introduced Messi 10 minutes into the second half and he took just three minutes to get himself onto the score sheet.
While most of Barcelona's players enjoyed the easy win, there were two who did not.
"He's scored [nearly] 300 goals and he's only 24". Aleix Vidal didn't even play after Luis Enrique left him off the squad.
Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Angel Correa of Club Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on September 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
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