Barcelona – Internazionale: Inter Impressive But Barcelona Win With Moments Of Quality (2-1)
After going ahead early on, Internazionale impressed at the Camp Nou with their organization against the ball and their sequences of playing out from the back with possession. For much of the game, Barcelona were arguably second best, until second half changes from Ernesto Valverde and a couple of moments from inspiration from their attackers meant Barcelona were able to walk away with the win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Barcelona and Inter were drawn into the same Champions League group last season, with Barcelona winning their home leg 2-0, and playing to a 1-1 draw in the away leg. Inter ultimately were unable to qualify from the group.
This time around Inter are a new look side though. Now coached by Antonio Conte, they have had high profile arrivals over the summer such as Diego Godín, Alexis Sánchez and Romelu Lukaku. Conte looks to be implementing his ideas swiftly, as Inter are currently top of Serie A with six wins from six. The only disappointing result prior to this game was their previous Champions League match, in which they only took a point at home to Slavia Prague.
Inter lined up in a 3-5-2 system as they have been doing under Conte. Godín, Stefan de Vrij and Milan Škriniar formed an imposing back three, with Nicolò Barella, Marcelo Brozović and Stefano Sensi making up a central midfield trio in . . .