It is to be or not to be for Antonio Conte’s Inter, as the Nerazzurri need a win over Barcelona to qualify for the next stage of the Champions League.
Serie A leaders Inter are enjoying their best start of a season in almost a decade, but could face a Champions League exit if they fail to beat Barcelona this evening.
A win would definitely see the Black and Blues book their place in the knockout stage of the competition for the first time since 2011-12. They could still qualify with a draw or defeat, but Borussia Dortmund need to register the same result against Slavia Praha, which is really unlikely.
Nicolo Barella will miss the decisive encounter with Barcelona, along with Alexis Sanchez, who officially returned to training earlier in the week.
Already qualified Barcelona traveled to Milano without Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, as Valverde has decided to rest the duo ahead of crucial clashes with Real Sociedad and Real Madrid in the next seven days.
Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Nelson Semedo and Jordi Alba will also miss the game through injuries, while Neto is expected to start in goal ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Barcelona will win the Group F, regardless of the result this evening, but the Catalans would definitely like to extend their winning streak to seven games in a row across all competitions.
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Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez has been absolutely brilliant this season, netting 13 goals in Italy and Europe, five of which came in the UEFA Champions League.
With his games, Martinez has impressed Barcelona’s board, as they see the 22-year-old as a long-term replacement for their Uruguayan star, Luiz Suarez.