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Inter Milan vs Barcelona, Champions League: Team News, Match Preview

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With the group already wrapped up, Barça travel to Italy to give reserves and youngsters a chance to shine

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Inter Milan vs FC Barcelona


Competition/Round: 2019-20 UEFA Champions League, Group F, Matchday 6

Group F Standings: 1. Barcelona* (11pts), 2. Inter Milan (7pts), 3. Borussia Dortmund (7pts), 4. Slavia Prague (2pts)

*Qualified as group winners

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: OUT — Nélson Semedo (calf), Jordi Alba (hamstring), Ousmane Dembélé (hamstring), Arthur (groin), Lionel Messi (rest), Gerard Piqué (rest), Sergi Roberto (rest)

Inter Milan Outs & Doubts: OUT — Nicolo Barella (knee), Roberto Gagliardini (foot), Alexis Sánchez (ankle), Stefano Sensi (thigh); DOUBT — Antonio Candreva (back), Kwadwo Asamoah (knee)

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: San Siro, Milan, Italy

Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)

How to watch on TV: TNT (USA), BT Sport ESPN (UK), SONY TEN 2 (India), SuperSport 6 (Nigeria), Movistar Liga de Campeones (Spain), others

How to stream: FuboTV, B/R Live (USA), BT Sport Live (UK), Movistar+ (Spain), DAZN (Canada), others


Following a very good La Liga win over Mallorca at Camp Nou, Barcelona are back in action with their last group stage game in the Champions League against Inter Milan, and thanks to a very good win against Borussia Dortmund in Matchday 5 Barça are already qualified as group winners and need nothing from this one.

Inter on the other hand know that Dortmund face last place Slavia Prague at home and need three more goals than Inter to qualify, so Antonio Conte’s team is not taking this one for granted and will play as hard as they can to get a good win and finish second without worrying about what happens in Germany.

Ernesto Valverde will rotate his team and give young players a chance to shine, and they have to grab it: with El Clásico just a week away and a brutal trip to Anoeta before that, the starters need to rest and Valverde would love to not call the stars to save the day at San Siro if the reserves play really badly.

Go get the job done, boys. You don’t need to win, just play really well individually and as a team and prove you deserve more minutes. That’s more than good enough.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Neto; Wagué, Todibo, Umtiti, Firpo; Vidal, Busquets, Aleñá; Pérez, Griezmann, Ansu Fati

Inter (3-5-2): Handanovic; Godin, Srkiniar, De Vrij; D’Ambrosio, Valero, Vecino, Brozovic, Candreva; Lukaku, Lautaro


PREDICTION

Expecting a very intense, desperate Inter team and we’re just not that interested to win this one: 2-1 to the home team.