Barcelona welcome final season’s Serie A runners-up Inter within the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Catalans have received all 5 of their residence conferences with Inter within the competitors, preserving 4 clear sheets within the course of. Nonetheless, a few of these victories have been extra hole than others – as Xavi shall be effectively conscious of.
Barcelona’s former captain was within the staff that defeated Jose Mourinho’s Inter 1-0 within the 2009 Champions League semi-finals however bowed out of the competitors on mixture. The Camp Nou sprinklers have been coincidentally turned on whereas Mourinho and co celebrated on the pitch.
Here is the XI Xavi might deploy from the dugout to earn a victory which might be much more warmly obtained.
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen – The royally in-form shot-stopper was feeling his decrease again in opposition to Celta Vigo however is predicted (and desperately wanted) to be match for midweek.
RB: Sergi Roberto – The Masia-trained midfielder destined to by no means fulfil his favoured place could also be known as upon at right-back as soon as once more.
CB: Gerard Pique – The veteran centre-back scored in opposition to Inter at Camp Nou in 2009, changing an effort teed up by his present supervisor, Xavi.
CB: Eric Garcia – Xavi revealed that Garcia had been managing some slight discomfort forward of the weekend’s La Liga duties. Nonetheless, his return to health ought to be sure that Barcelona keep away from lining up with three left-backs of their back-four once more.
LB: Marcos Alonso – Throughout his last full season in Serie A with Fiorentina, Alonso performed all 180 minutes as La Viola defeated Inter residence and away.
CM: Pedri – At San Siro Pedri had a objective rightly chalked off however the slippery midfielder was the one participant that troubled the scoresheet in opposition to Celta on Sunday.
CM: Sergio Busquets – Spain’s World Cup-winning supervisor Vicente del Bosque as soon as memorably mentioned: “You watch the entire sport, you don’t see Busquets. You watch Busquets, you see the entire sport.”
CM: Gavi – 5 completely different gamers to characteristic within the Champions League this season are older than Gavi and Pedri’s mixed age (37).
RW: Raphinha – The Brazilian was so enraged on the referee who waved away his penalty enchantment in opposition to Celta that he needed to be calmed down within the dressing room at half-time. Maybe he can harness that effervescent rage to get the primary Champions League objective or help of his profession.
ST: Robert Lewandowski – Solely Lionel Messi (127) and Cristiano Ronaldo (140) have scored extra Champions League targets than the insatiable Pole (89) – though Lewandowski has discovered the web at a greater price (0.82 targets per sport) than both of that well-known pair.
LW: Ousmane Dembele – In half as many begins, Dembele has already scored as many targets (two) as he might muster throughout the whole lot of final season.