Ahead of Barcelona against Inter at the Camp Nou on matchday two ?in the Champions League, we take a look at the history of the fixture from over the years and what to expect when both sides meet on Wednesday night.
Ernesto Valverde’s men will be looking to secure their first win in Europe’s elite competition this season, having drawn 0-0 against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in their opening group stage match. Meanwhile, having suffered a frustrating 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the competition at San Siro previously, Inter will hope to claim maximum points in Catalonia.
Both sides go into the game on the back of domestic wins. Barça were 2-0 winners away at Getafe on Saturday in La Liga, as well as claiming their first clean sheet of the season.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte’s side secured a 3-1 win over Sampdoria, making it six wins from six so far this campaign.
History of the Fixture
In all those encounters,
Both sides met in the 2002/03 second Champions League group stage, with Barcelona winning 3-0 in Spain before a goalless draw in Milan. J
The Catalan giants finished first in Group A with Inter second, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals, while the Nerazzurri lost to neighbours AC Milan in the last four.
Their next four fixtures all came in the 2009/10 season, when the game in Milan again finished scoreless. A 2-0 victory at the Camp Nou followed for a Barcelona side coached by Pep Guardiola, with Gerard Piqué scoring the first goal.
Both again progressed to the knockout rounds and were reunited in the semi-finals, when Jose Mourinho’s Inter famously won the first leg 3-1 at San Siro. Despite a 1-0 defeat at the Camp Nou – due to another Piqué goal – Inter held on to reach the final, where they beat Bayern Munich to claim their third European title.
The two sides met in last season’s group stages, where Barça won 2-0 at Camp Nou, and drew 1-1 in Milan.
There have been 14 players over the years to feature for both sides:
Samuel Eto’o –
Thiago Motta –
Ricardo Quaresma –
Edgar Davids –
Martín Montoya –
Jeison Murillo – Having spent half the season at Barcelona last campaign on loan from Valencia, the Colombia international had a mixed spell at Inter during his time at the club between 2015 and 18, making over 60 appearances. He is now on-loan at Sampdoria from Valencia.
What Can We Expect??
It should be an exciting encounter between two attacking teams, who will both want to secure all three points.
Both sides go into the game following domestic victories and have players who can score goals (10 different players from each side have netted so far in all competitions). Despite Lionel Messi’s absence, Barça have enough quality in their ranks to secure their first Champions League victory of the season. However, it will be tough, with Inter winning six from six so far in Serie A.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan?