Barcelona is waiting for Inter Milan in Italy on Tuesday (20:00 GMT) in search of the fourth consecutive victory in the Champions League, which will give them an automatic ticket for the eighth part of the continental tournament as the leader of group B.
The Catalan team commands a key with 9 points, which is three more than the Italian team, which takes second place, while PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham close the group with one unit, which is also enough for Barça to get to San Siro. secure the transition to the next phase.
"We will leave with great desire to make a great match, it is always important to win and be the first in the knockout phase to be calmer," said defender Sergi Roberto on Monday.
Barcelona arrives at this meeting in good time as an outstanding leader of the Spanish league and after joining four wins in official matches.
The Catalans also see how their captain Leo Messi was included in the tender for a meeting just two weeks after breaking the right wing on October 20 in a league match against Sevilla.
"We do not intend to take any risk," Ernesto Valverde, trainer said Monday, saying "we gave the training room and see what feelings (…) associated with this security are allowed to play."
Although he will finally play, it seems unlikely he will do it in the beginning, so Valverde will probably bet again for Coutinho, Rafinha and Luis Suárez, the trio that gave him good results in the absence of Messi.
Suárez connects again with the goal
Uruguayan returned to the meeting, scoring seven goals in the last four meetings of his team.
"We're trying to help the team score points, today it was one of the nights I scored and scored goals to help the team," Suárez reminded Saturday after winning the double goal that gave Barça a victory against Rayo Vallecano in the league. (3-2)
"Pistolero" is already leading Spanish league shooters with 9 goals, one more than his countryman Cristhian Stuani and striker Celta Iago Aspas, both with eight goals.
Suarez will try again to score Inter, against whom he scored two weeks ago in the first match, although this time he will meet a team that claims he is ready after the match at Camp Nou.
"It's a good time to show how much we're worth," said Luciano Spalletti, trainee trainer at a press conference before the meeting, reminding us that "when we talk about Barcelona, we're talking about the highest level of difficulty we're in. You can face it. "
The Italian team needs a win, and PSV and Tottenham do not take a tie to secure their place in the next round of "Champions".
Spalletti took advantage of Saturday's match against Genoa, who won 5-0 to move his Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi and give the Belgian Radia Nainggolan a few minutes.
"Ninja", who left the left ankle injury, which prevented him from playing in Barcelona, played for the last five minutes of the game, in which he still had time to get the last goal of his team.
Inter coach is convinced that on Tuesday against Barcelona "you must have physical resistance to press and then have quality to develop the game and use the three or four opportunities we will have."
Inter Milan: Handanovic – D & # 39; Ambrosio, Miranda, Skriniar, Asamoah – Brozovic, Nainggolan, Neigh – Politano, Icardi, Perisic. Coach: Luciano Spalletti.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen – Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur – Rafinha, Luis Suárez, Coutinho. Coach: Ernesto Valverde.
Judge: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
|| AGENCJA AFP