📝 Barcelona vs. Inter Milan: Match Preview & Line-ups
Competition: 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, Group F, Matchday 6, Barcelona vs. Inter Milan
Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Time: 8:00 PM (UK time)
Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Inter Milan hope to join Barcelona in the last-16 stage of the Champions League when the two teams round off their Group F campaign with a clash at San Siro stadium.
Barcelona have already qualified for Champions League round of 16, but Inter are battling Borussia Dortmund for the second qualification spot.
Following a very good La Liga win over Mallorca at Camp Nou, Barcelona are back in action with their last group stage game in the Champions League against Inter Milan, and thanks to a very good win against Borussia Dortmund in Matchday 5, the Blaugranas are already qualified and need nothing from this match.
Inter are aware that Dortmund face bottom of the table Slavia Prague at home and need three more goals than Inter to qualify, so Antonio Conte’s squad are not going to underestimate their host and they will play as hard as they can to get a good win and finish second without worrying about what occurs in Germany.
Inter only need to win and ensure a spot in the knockout round of the competition. Antonio Conte's side could also lose and still qualify only in the case that Dortmund do not get a draw or better against Slavia Prague in the group's other fixture.
Both Inter and Dortmund have seven points to show from their five matches, however, the Italian side are second on the head-to-head record, meaning that Dortmund will rely on Barca picking up a result if the Bundesliga giants are to sneak into the last-16 stage of the tournament.
Inter picked up a 1-1 draw when they last met Barcelona at San Siro during the group stages of the 2018-19 competition. They have only won one of the nine meetings between the two teams, which came on home soil during the semi-finals of the 2009-10 competition, where they won the trophy under Jose Mourinho.
Inter Milan have beaten Dortmund at home and Slavia Prague away in this season's group stage, however, they endured a 2-1 defeat away to Barcelona at the start of October and also lost 3-2 away to Dortmund a month ago.
The Italian giants have only won two of their last nine Champions League matches. They have won five of their last nine European games on home soil, suffering just one defeat in the process.
Milan could not overcome Roma on Friday night as they were held to a goalless draw, but a brilliant start to their 2019-20 Serie A campaign has left them at the top of the table, two points clear of the champions Juventus.
Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez have formed an impressive partnership in the final third of the field, and both players will surely need to be at their best if the hosts are to pick up a positive result on Tuesday.
The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last nine matches with La Liga opposition on home soil, although they have recorded just three wins during that run. A point could be enough to book their spot in the next round but with Dortmund expected to triumph on home soil in the other match, Inter might well have to beat Barcelona to make the round of 16.
Head to head result:
· Barcelona lead the head-to-head record five wins to Inter's one, with the pair also playing out three draws.
· The Spanish giants recorded a 2-1 win over Inter in the reverse match earlier this season, while Inter's only win in this fixture came on home soil in the semi-finals of the 2009-10 competition.
· Barcelona have actually never won a European match away to Inter, although they have suffered just one defeat, picking up three draws in the process.
Last five meetings: Inter Milan vs Barcelona
2 Oct 2019: Barcelona 2-1 Inter Milan (Champions League)
6 Nov 2018: Inter Milan 1-1 Barcelona (Champions League)
24 Oct 2018: Barcelona 2-0 Inter Milan (Champions League)
28 April 2010: Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan (Champions League)
20 Apr 2010: Inter Milan 3-1 Barcelona (Champions League)
Aggregate Score: Inter Milan (LDLLW) 5-7 Barcelona (WDWWL)
· Four of the previous six matches between Inter and Barcelona at San Siro have ended level, with each side also winning one apiece.
· Barcelona have only lost once in their last 10 matches in all competitions versus Inter Milan (W5 D4 L1), losing at San Siro in April 2010 (1-3).
· Inter have never lost a home game against Spanish teams in the Champions League/European Cup (W6 D6 L0).
· Inter have played more Champions League/European Cup home games against Spanish teams without losing than versus sides from any other nation (12).
· Victory for Inter will see them reach the knockout stages of the Champions League for the ninth time in their last 10 participation in the competition, with the Italian side falling at the group stage last season.
· Barcelona – who have won their Champions League group for the 13th consecutive season – are looking to pick up back-to-back away wins in the Champions League for the first time since April 2015.
· Barcelona have only lost one of their last 33 Champions League group stage games (1-3 vs Man City in November 2016). The Spanish giants are unbeaten in their last 19 such games (W13 D6), only Real Madrid have had a longer unbeaten run in the group stages of the competition (30 between 2012-2017).
· Barcelona have already failed to score in two Champions League games this season (0-0 vs Dortmund on MD1 and 0-0 vs Slavia Prague on MD3). They’ve never failed to score in three different group stage games in a single edition of the competition before.
· Barcelona’s Luis Suarez scored twice in the reverse fixture this season – only against Roma (2015-16) and PSG (2014-15) has the Uruguayan netted three times against a team in a single CL campaign.
· Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has failed to score in all four of his Champions League appearances against Inter Milan, instead, he provided an assist last time out, setting up Luis Suarez’s winner.
· Lautaro Martínez has scored in each of his last four Champions League games for Inter this season, netting five goals in total. No Inter player has ever scored in five consecutive European Cup/Champions League appearances in their history, with Samuel Eto’o in 2010 the last to do so in four.
Possible Starting Line-ups:
Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Wagué, Todibo, Umtiti, Firpo; Vidal, Busquets, Aleñá; Pérez, Griezmann, Ansu Fati
Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Godin, Srkiniar, De Vrij; D’Ambrosio, Valero, Vecino, Brozovic, Candreva; Lukaku, Lautaro