Champions League: Inter Milan vs. Barcelona

In Champions League, Football on November 21, 2009 at 22:27

By Joe,

Henry can do his magic at the San Siro, he might not need his hands for this.

Group F is still wide open for any teams to qualify for the next round in the Champions League. Inter Milan tops the group but there is only 2 points difference from the bottom of the group. Whoever wins the tie between Inter and Barcelona could have one foot in the next round, a draw will fuel more excitement for the finale match 2 weeks from now. But first, there is a titanic tie at the San Siro, Tuesday evening where the Italian champions host the reigning Champions League and Spanish champion, Barcelona.

Inter are front runners for qualifying for the next round and their weekend 3-1 away win against Bologna certainly sets an expectation for the tie against Barcelona this coming Tuesday. Jose Mourinho is having  management issue with Mario Balotelli so expect Samuel Eto to start against his former club. Inter could be without young full-back Davide Santon, teenage Nigerian Joel Chukwuma Obi and influential Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder as they are unavailable due to injury.

The defending champions are in trouble as they 3rd in their group and leveled with Rubin Kazan at 5 points. They will need to win at the San Siro to put pressure on the others in the group. It could be a tough task for Barcelona as they drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp in Match day 1. The Catalan club will need Leo Messi, doubtful after incurring a facial injury vs. Bilbao, and Henry to pull out their best in order to escape elimination in the Champions League. Daniel Alves is currently at his top form and he could be on the verge to score a free kick goal if he gets the chance. Eric Abidal and Toure Yaya will not travel to Italy after contracting swine flu and now under quarantine.

Whoever loses this match could get knocked out of the Champions League so no one will give any quarters in the San Siro. A stalemate will most likely be the only option out for the neutrals but the Inter faithful will want their team to advance through on the night. Barcelona could well be the first team not to qualify for the last 16 as the reigning champion. The return of Swedish, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could haunt his old club.

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