Barcelona ace Lionel Messi believes Real Madrid may struggle to gel their new team.

"The rivals for the Champions League are always the same: the English, who are very strong, and Real Madrid, with all its reinforcements - but will need time to blend with new coaches, new players."

On Samuel Eto'o's departure to Inter Milan, Messi added: "A deal that has left me surprised, because Samuel has given so much to Barcelona, with the amount of goals he scored, the titles he has won.

"He was a very important player. But so was Ibrahimovic to Inter, he was an essential player."

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