On Wednesday night, Barcelona will play host to Inter Milan at Camp Nou in a key match in an effort to greatly improve their prospects of progressing to the Champions League knockout round.
When the two teams faced off at San Siro last week, Inter of Italy came out on top, bringing them up to second place in Group C, three points ahead of the Catalan team.
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Barcelona did not advance past the group stage of the Champions League last year, and the club may do so again this year. With three points from three games, Barcelona is currently third in Group C, six points behind group leader Bayern Munich and three points behind Inter.
Xavi’s team defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-1 to start their group-stage campaign. Since then, though, they have dropped their last two games, losing 2-0 to Bayern and then 1-0 to Inter at the San Siro. Hakan Calhanoglu scored the game’s lone goal late in the first half.
Barcelona will be aware of the significance of winning the game on Wednesday and will be glad to be back at home after not suffering a defeat at Camp Nou since May.
The Catalan team has struggled in the Champions League this season, but they have been outstanding in La Liga. On Sunday night, they defeated Celta Vigo 1-0 to make it seven straight wins, with Pedri scoring the game’s lone goal in the 17th minute.
Prior to this weekend’s El Clasico at the Bernabeu, Barcelona and Real Madrid are tied for first place in La Liga with 22 points each. However, Xavi’s team cannot afford to ignore Wednesday’s crucial European match.
Inter had just suffered consecutive Serie A losses to Udinese and Roma when they faced Barcelona last week, but they were able to come away with all three points thanks to an outstanding display.
Bayern overcame Simone Inzaghi’s squad in their sectional opener before going on to upset Plzen and Barcelona. They are now in second place overall with six points, three points behind Bayern, who are the overwhelming favorites to win the group.
The Milan giants, who are presently sixth in their domestic ranking with 15 points, defeated Sassuolo thanks to two goals from Eden Dzeko for Inter, who will also enter this match off of a crucial Serie A victory.
Last season, the Italian powerhouses made it out of the group stage of the European Cup, but Liverpool upset them in the round of 16. They haven’t gone any further than the first knockout round of the competition since making it to the last eight in 2010–11.
The 2019–20 competition’s Black and Blues last went to Camp Nou, where they were defeated . However, Barcelona has dropped three of their last six Champions League games in front of home supporters, so the visitors should feel confident.
The importance of this game cannot be downplayed because Barcelona needs all three points in order to improve their chances of making the playoffs. While Barcelona should just have enough at home to achieve a critical victory, we foresee a very competitive game in which Inter has a good chance of winning.