Champions League rivals: Inter Milan

Champions League rivals: Inter Milan

The Italians will be the last team that FC Barcelona meet in the Champions League, but the first that they will play twice

Barça visit Milan in the third game of their Champions League campaign, and immediately after will host the Italian outfit at Spotify Camp Nou. Time to take a closer look at the Serie A side. 

Squad

Inter Milan have one of the strongest looking squads in Italy, boosted by the return of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, who will form a lethal partnership with Lautaro Martínez. With players like Dzeko and Joaquín Correa also playing up front, it's not hard to see where the goals are going to come from.

Inter Milà 2 Lautaro Lukaku

The typical 3-5-2 system is built around three solid defenders in Skriniar, Stefan de Vrij and Bastoni.

Not forgetting Handanovic, who has been in goal for the team since 2012/13 and is regarded as one of the best in Serie A. Brozovic marshals the midfield, with Nicola Barella also fundamental in the middle zone.

The man in charge of it all is Simeone Inzaghi, now into his second year after replacing Antonio Conte last summer.

History

Founded in 1908, Internazionale is the only team that has played every single one of the 88 seasons of Serie A. The side has won the league 18 times, a record matched by city rivals AC Milan and only topped by Juventus, while its most glorious period was early this century when it won every league title from 2005/06 to 2009/10, first under Roberto Mancini and later José Mourinho. 

A year after Barça won its first treble (2008/09), Inter did likewise by winning the domestic double and Champions League in the same season, just the sixth club to achieve the feat. Atlético Madrid beat them in the European Super Cup to deny them the chance to match Barça's perfect six. Since that golden age, however, it is Juventus who have gone on to monopolise Italian football and Inter have only won one league in the last decade.

Inter won the European Cup two years in a row in 1963/64 and 1964/65, with Helenio Herrera as coach and Luis Suárez as the star, two men who are also part of Barça folklore. They would have to wait until 2009/10 before they finally got to lift the trophy again. 

Head to head

Barça and Inter have met 10 times in the Champions League, usually in the group stages, which was the case in 2002/03, 2009/10, 2018/19 and 2019/20. The memory that most haunts Barça fans is that of 2010, when they crashed out to the Italians in the semi-finals. The most recent crossing was in 2019/20, when Barça won 2-1 at Camp Nou thanks to two goals from Luis Suárez and won by the same score in Italy with goals from Carles Pérez and Ansu Fati, the latter becoming the youngest goalscorer in competition history.

Stadium

The biggest stadium in Italy was opened on 19 September 1926, and holds over 80,000 spectators. The strange thing is that it is used by both Inter and AC Milan. It is named after the legendary Inter player Giuseppe Meazza, although when AC play at home, their fans prefer to call it the San Siro.

Inter Milà camp

 

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