2nd October, 2019
The stage is surely set for another thrilling football game as Barcelona hosts Inter Milan in a group stage match of the European Champions league Competition Wednesday night at their Camp Nou base.
As far as Barcelona is concerned, while they may still be looking to find a similar level that helped them romp towards the La Liga title last season, they surely appear to be finding their feet gradually this season.
After winning just two of their opening five LaLiga matches and dropping points against the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Osasuna, and Granada, the European giants have now secured back-to-back victories.
The hosts put up a solid performance in their first away win of the season by defeating Getafe 2-0 away from home in La Liga a few days back and are surely hoping to continue on that positive note Wednesday night as they return home to Camp Nou for a massive Champions League match against Inter Milan in what promises to be a very good 90 minutes of football.
With Barca amazingly failing to find the net out in Germany a fortnight ago in their opening their Champions League campaign with a 0-0 stalemate against Borussia Dortmund, there is no doubt that Head Coach Ernesto Valverde will be glad to make a return to home soil in midweek.
It is worthy of note that the hosts hold a stellar European record in Catalonia as they have won 10 of their last 11 Champions League matches in front of their own supporters and have not tasted European defeat at the Nou Camp since May 2013.
However, it is very important to note that while Barcelona are still struggling to be at their best with so many line-up changes due to injury and questionable coaching, Inter Milan have on the other hand, exploded out of the gate winning all six opening matches in Serie A and conceding just three goals in all competitions during the first two months of the season.
Just as was expected by the Milan fans, Antonio Conte has had a very good impact on the team since his arrival and his players look very comfortable in the new 3-5-2 system that is very tough to break down at the back and tough to stop up front.
The visitors will be without star striker Romelu Lukaku who has been very effective for them so far, but former Barcelona star, Alexis Sánchez will return to Camp Nou one more time alongside Lautaro Martínez, a relatively short but incredibly dangerous strike partnership that will likely cause all sorts of problems for the Barça defense.
Their midfield has also been very strong, with Marcelo Brozovic and especially new signing Stefano Sensi dominating that area of the pitch in every game they’ve played together this season.
However, in spite of their spectacular start to their domestic season, Inter drew against Slavia Prague at home in their first Champions League match, thereby making it very important for them to get at least a point at Camp Nou since this is the Group of Death and every result counts.
On the other however, Barcelona will surely need to be very precise, solid and clinical, as a great performance is very necessary to win this one.
Barcelona’s chances of winning the game will surely be higher if the duo of Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé, who have been medically cleared to play the game after being out due to injuries, will feature at some stage of the match.
If for some reason that does not happen, Inter will surely be in a chance to get something out of the game as it then be down to the coaches and their tactics.
In that area, it is no secret that Inter will have a big edge over the hosts.
It is a fact that summer signing Diego Godin could easily slot into defence alongside De Vrij and Skriniar, with Matias Vecino available should Conte decide to go for a more defensive formation.
Likely Starting Eleven for both teams:
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Firpo; De Jong, Busquets, Arthur; Pérez, Suárez, Griezmann
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Godín, Skriniar, De Vrij; D’Ambrosio, Barella, Brozovic, Sensi, Asamoah; Lautaro, Alexis