Barcelona vs Inter Live :: The Inter was surprisingly held to a point at home to Slavia Prague in the opening match of the group stage. The winner here will set themselves up nicely for the final four matches of the group stage, while a draw doesn’t do a whole lot for either in search of advancing to the last 16.
Champions League: Barca vs. Inter
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 2
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)
TV channel: TNT and TUDN
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
Odds: Barca -180 | Inter +450 | Draw +500
Barcelona: League wins over Villarreal and Getafe has Barcelona back in a bit of a groove. It’ll be interesting to see how Lionel Messi plays as he’s expected to return from a groin injury. Barca has been more consistent in defense, but in the middle of the field a lack of shape has caused trouble. Against an organized Inter team, they are going to have to play wise and limit chances on the counter.
Inter Milan: First place in Serie A with Romelu Lukaku playing well, they also just got two goals from Alexis Sanchez last weekend, as the Chilean is set to face his former club. This Inter team has conceded just three goals in seven games this season, and one of the big differences has been the addition of star centerback Diego Godin.
Barcelona host Inter Milan at the Nou Camp to bring back memories of their famous tie from 2010.
Jose Mourinho’s Nerazzurri pulled off the unthinkable and denied the Blaugrana a mini dynasty of three successive Champions League titles.
The compelling second leg saw Gerard Pique set up a thrilling finish, with 10-man Inter surviving after Thiago Motta’s red card following Sergio Busquets’ theatrics.
Now with Antonio Conte in charge and building a new side, Inter’s start to their European campaign was disastrous, having failed to win at home to Slavia Prague.
Barca did avoid disaster in their opener against Dortmund. They had been taken to the verge though. If not for the heroics of their goalkeeper, Marc Ander Ter Stegen, the Spanish outfit would have had to bow their heads in German soil.
At a crucial juncture in the tie, the shot-stopper stepped up and calmly did his job against the incoming Marco Reus’s penalty, which in all probability would have resulted in Dortmund registering three points.
Considering that Group F is unanimously tipped to be the toughest, each and every point matter by a whole degree.
With just two qualification spots, and the likes of Inter, Dortmund, and Inter battling it out for the two tickets, race is tipped to get intense in the following match-days.
Ernesto Valverde’s men will have to make the most of this fixture, considering that the venue is Camp Nou. The struggles on the road of his cavalry are well known these days, and teams nowadays are deliberately targeting this weakness.
But for sure the job would not be easy. Antonio Conte’s men have been the best in Italy so far this season. They have even overtaken the mighty Juventus in the points-table.
The arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku have strengthened their attacks, and under the guidance of Conte, they have started to thrive.
With the hosts facing a lot of injuries, it would surely be interesting to see how the fixture would turn out.
Their 100% record leaves them top of Serie A, while pressure continues to build on Barca boss Ernesto Valverde following what has been a shaky start for the Catalan club in La Liga. But neither side managed to earn the results they were looking for on the opening matchday of the Champions League group stage.
A missed Marco Reus penalty left Barcelona somewhat fortunate to earn a point at the Signal Iduna Park, while I Nerazzurri stumbled to a surprise draw against Czech league leaders Slavia Prague.
Here’s everything you need to know as both sides aim for their first victories of the 2019/20 Champions League.
While Barça are struggling to be at their best with so many lineup changes due to injury and questionable coaching, Inter have 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. Antonio Conte has been as impactful as expected, 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.
Inter will be without star striker Romelu Lukaku who has played very well so far, but Alexis Sánchez will return to Camp Nou one more time alongside Lautaro Martínez, a relatively short but incredibly dangerous strike partnership that will cause all sorts of problems for the Barça defense. Inter’s 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.
Despite a spectacular start to their domestic season, Inter drew against Slavia Prague at home in their first Champions League match, so they need at least a point at Camp Nou since this is the Group of Death and every result counts. Barça need to be precise, solid and clinical, and a great performance is necessary to win this one.
If Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembélé, who were medically cleared to play in this one, are available at least for a second half cameo then Barça’s chances will improve. If they don’t play and Barça can’t out-talent Inter, this one will come down to coaching. And it’s safe to say Inter have a big advantage there.