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Champions Trophy group stage lowdown: Messi-less Barcelona face a tough European test against Inter Milan

As we gear up for another exciting Champions League night, Barcelona face a tough Inter Milan side without the services of their magical captain Lionel Messi.

After defeating Sevilla 4-2, Barcelona now face a tough European test in the form of Inter Milan. Inter Milan, on the other hand, is high on confidence as well after they clinched a victory in the stoppage time in Milan derby. Mauro Icardi scored a scorching header in 92nd minute as Inter defeated AC Milan 1-0.

Inter are impeccable in the Champions League where they saw off both Tottenham Hotspur and PSV so far. Anything but a defeat here at Camp Nou would be regarded as a huge success for the visitors who will have the momentum on their side knowing Blaugrana are without Lionel Messi who fractured his right arm in the La Liga tie with Sevilla on Saturday.

Head-to-head

Barcelona face a tough European test
Barcelona face a tough European test

The two sides will renew their rivalry on Wednesday evening. It’s been eight years since they last locked horns.

It was when Inter advanced from their semi-final tie 3-2 on aggregate. Nerazzurri went on to lift the silverware beating Bayern Munich in the final.

Barca, however, won each of three home ties against Inter over the course of history. Blaugrana have an impressive 6-0 goal difference against Inter at Camp Nou.

Possible Lineups

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Dembélé, Suárez, Coutinho

Inter (4-2-3-1): Handanovič; Vrsaljko, De Vrij, Škriniar, Asamoah; Vecino, Brozović; Candreva, Valero, Keita; Icardi

WhoScored Match Facts

Inter have been drawing at half time and winning at full timein their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 home matches against Inter in all competitions.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona‘s last 5games (UEFA Champions League).
Barcelona have won their last 4 home matches against Inter in all competitions.
Inter have won their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Barcelona are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches (UEFA Champions League).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Inter‘s last 3 games (UEFA Champions League).
Inter have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 matches (UEFA Champions League).

 

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