Inter vs Barça: Preview
Barça journey to Italy for a large European night time that might go a good distance in deciding their continental destiny
FC Inter Milan (third, 3pts) vs FC Barcelona (2nd, 3pts)
Competition/Round: 2022-23 UEFA Champions League, Group C, Matchday 3
Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Frenkie De Jong, Memphis Depay, Héctor Bellerín (out)
Inter Milan Outs & Doubts: Romelu Lukaku, Marcelo Brozovic, Alex Cordaz (out), Lautaro Martínez (doubt)
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Wednesday)
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
How to look at on TV: TUDN (USA), Not Available (Canada), BT Sport 4 (UK), Canal+ Sport 3 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others
How to look at on-line: Paramount+ (USA), BT Sport.com (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), Sony LIV (India), others
Following a hard-fought win away to Mallorca to proceed their unbeaten begin to the La Liga season, Barcelona face a serious continental check as they journey to Italy for a large Champions League group stage conflict towards Inter Milan at San Siro.
The Blaugrana start an important two-game collection with Inter over the subsequent 8 days which may have a huge effect of their means to qualify for the Champions League knockouts. The defeat towards Bayern Munich on the Allianz Arena made it paramount for Barça to get not less than three factors out of the 2 clashes with the Italians to maintain their hopes of reaching the Round of 16 alive forward of the ultimate two video games within the group, and 4 and even six factors will put them in pole place to complete second.
Inter deserve enormous respect for a way properly they’ve performed in Serie A during the last two seasons, but when there’s a great time to be dealing with the Nerazzurri that is it. A really sluggish begin to their home marketing campaign has raised massive questions on supervisor Simone Inzaghi, who may see himself out of a job if issues go south over the subsequent few weeks.
To make issues worse they go into this one with out their two greatest gamers, Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic, attributable to harm, and striker Lautaro Martínez is a serious doubt for Tuesday’s match with a muscle drawback. The workforce isn’t scoring sufficient and the protection continues to wrestle, and they’re merely not as massive of a risk as they appeared when the group stage draw was made and it felt as if Barça have been within the Group of Death.
But one massive result’s all Inter want to show the whole lot round, and there’s no larger outcome than beating Barça at dwelling lacking their greatest gamers to maneuver to second place within the group and achieve large confidence. There continues to be sufficient expertise even with the accidents, and so they’re a giant risk on set items regardless of all the opposite points within the workforce.
Barça arrive on this one stuffed with confidence and needs to be thought of favorites attributable to Inter’s kind and absences, however the one factor Xavi Hernández hasn’t but completed as Barça supervisor is win a giant European match, particularly on the highway. This is a type of, and it’s time for the coach and the workforce to show themselves on the massive stage.
Inter aren’t doing properly nevertheless it doesn’t imply they’ll be unhealthy on Tuesday. It actually doesn’t imply the sport will probably be simple. Barça should be at their greatest, and any outcome that isn’t a loss needs to be trigger for positivity. For the scenario within the group a degree isn’t the worst factor on the planet, however the Blaugrana should be hungry for all three.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Christensen, Eric, Alonso; Gavi, Busquets, Pedri; Dembélé, Lewandowski, Raphinha
Inter Milan (3-5-2): Onana; Skriniar, De Vrij, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Asllani, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Dzeko, Correa
Inter’s present kind and accidents have all of a sudden made this a way more attention-grabbing sport. When the draw was made I might have been proud of a degree at San Siro, however now we have an actual shot to win now. And I feel we’ll just do that: 3-1 to the nice guys.