Barcelona and Inter Milan clash in the most exciting match in the first round of Champions league tonight. Though Real Madrid hogged all the limelight with the transfer deals it did in the summer, I think the other team which can give them competition this year with respect to the transfer deals will be Inter. Eto, Milito and Sneijder are solid additions to Mourinho’s squad. On top of Eto for Ibrahmovic, Inter received 39 million from Barcelona. That’s a lot of money for that lanky striker who shone only in the Serie A.
Barcelona on the other hand, have maintained the same squad which won the treble in the first year of their coach Guardiola taking charge. The midfield is the most flamboyant one you can watch in Europe with seamless passing and play. Messi is back from his Argentinian nightmare of a World cup qualifying
and Ibrahmovic has been among the goals in La Liga.
Inter Milan lie 4th in the Serie A scoring 7 goals in 3 matches
Barcelona top the La Liga on goal difference with 5 goals in two games.
Barcelona by losing Eto has lost a key player in attack. He has been instrumental in breaking deadlocks in a lot of matches for Barcelona last season.How much of that load can be taken by Messi, Henry, Ibrahmovic and Bojan will be seen come the middle of the seaon. Ibrahmovic gives them another dimension in attack with his height when they need to try the aerial route.
Inter has been amongst the goals this season with both Eto and Milito on target. The match against AC Milan was a huge result for them and the only black mark remains the season starter which they drew with Bari.
I expect Inter to beat Barca tonight. The team that loses tonight will have tough next round as the loser might end up as the second in the group and might have to play one of the Group leaders in the next round.
Score 2-1 to Inter
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