Having failed to make it through the group stage of last season’s Champions League, finishing third behind Bayern and Benfica, a rejuvenated Barcelona will not want to suffer the same fate again.
Barcelona will hope to bounce back to winning ways in the UEFA Champions League when they lock horns with Inter Milan at San Siro on Tuesday night and Xavi Hernandez does not have any fresh injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of his side’s latest fixture.
Barcelona will travel to San Siro without five first-team players, with Ronald Araujo, Hector Bellerin, Jules Kounde, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay still unavailable.
On the other hand, Inter have won only once from five meetings with Barcelona in Milan. They will need to overcome precedent to pick up maximum points this week.
There is every chance Bayern will sprint into the distance by sweeping past Plzen, so back-to-back matches against the Blaugrana could be decisive.
One of five victories this term came last time out in the Champions League, as they got off the mark in a competitive Group C by beating Czech champions Viktoria Plzen 2-0, with Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries scoring before and after their hosts went down to 10 men.
Previously, they had lost by the same scoreline at home to Bayern, but they have tended to fare much better at San Siro in recent times: before their setback against Roma, they had won each of their last seven home games in the league – keeping four clean sheets in the process.
Inter Milan v Barcelona possible line-ups
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:
Handanovic; Skriniar, Acerbi, Bastoni; Dumfries, Barella, Asllani, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Martinez, Dzeko
Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Christensen, Garcia, Alba; Kessie, Busquets, Pedri; Dembele, Lewandowski, Raphinha