Inter Milan faces Barcelona
Inter Milan faces Barcelona at the San Siro with the hope of progressing towards the 1/8-finals of the Champions League. The Catalans already won this group, but for the Nerazzurri it’s one last step they must make on Tuesday. Let’s have a look in our Champions League predictions.
Inter Milan are motivated by the fact that they will finish second in this group if they beat Barcelona. The Nerazzurri are second at the moment with 7 points – on par with Borussia Dortmund, but having better head to head record against the Germans. This means that a win over Los Cules will send Inter Milan to the knockout phase, no matter what happens at the Signal Iduna Park between Borussia Dortmund and Slavia Praha.
Against Barcelona Inter Milan will look to avenge the 1-2 loss they suffered at the Camp Nou in October. They will have some luck if Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde decides to rotate his team and leave some of his stars on the bench. But we still don’t know if he’s going to do this or not. The fact is that Barca already won the group, so some important players can get a well needed rest on Tuesday.
During the week Inter Milan faced Roma in one of the Serie A derbies. The game at the San Siro ended with a 0-0 draw, but despite of this the Nerazzurri remain on the top of the Italian league.
Barca on the other hand enjoyed a 5-2 win over Mallorca in La Liga on Saturday. The new Ballon d’Or holder Lionel Messi scored a hattrick for the hosts, while Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez also scored. Will Messi get a rest against Inter? It’s still not clear.
That’s our Champions League predictions for the match between Inter Milan and Barcelona on Tuesday. Will Inter secure a place at the 1/8-finals? We will know pretty soon.