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Stage is set for Icardi to take another giant leap forward against Barcelona

06:47 GMT+3 23/10/2018
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With Messi out of the clash Icardi can add to his growing reputation should he deliver for Inter against Barcelona

Mauro Icardi was the toast of the Milan derby helping Inter secure all three points against their traditional rivals AC Milan.

Inter are now on a seven match unbeaten run and will be in good spirits when they take on Spanish giants Barcelona. For Icardi he has seen his stock risen since those early days at Sampdoria.

The Argentine is now Inter’s seventh highest goalscorer and rumours have been spreading like wildfire regarding Real Madrid’s interest in him. How exactly did Argentina leave him out of their World Cup squad till today is still a mystery.

But let’s discuss that another time because not only has Icardi been lethal in the league but he has been delivering the goods in the Champions League too.  A superb strike against Tottenham Hotspur was followed up with a goal against PSV Eindhoven.

For someone who is starring in his maiden Champions League campaign it is not a bad record to have, and only emphasises why Madrid are interested in Inter’s captain. And he can now generate even further global interest in him should he continue his rich vein of form against Barcelona.

The Catalan giants will be without Lionel Messi which will be a boost for Inter who will enter this tie as underdogs. However with Messi out of the picture the stage is set for Icardi to deliver a masterpiece. Should the boy from Rosario deliver, Inter might be looking for a new captain in the summer.