There’ll be a lot of nerves around the Camp Nou this week given the task ahead; Barcelona’s 3 – 1 defeat in Italy last week leaves the Spanish champions in need of a win by 2 clear goals (and that’s without conceding) against a tough side with plenty of European pedigree. Barca can do it though; here’s some reasons why;
1. Barca are a sheer attacking force
Pep Guardiola instills an attacking mentality in Barcelona which makes them want to score as many as they can, regardless of how many they actually need. Of Barca’s many wins this season, only a few have been won by just one goal.
2. They know they can keep a clean sheet
The likes of Carles Puyol and his fellow defenders successfully kept out more potent attacking forces such as Real Madrid’s deadly strike duo and will feel pretty confident against a strike partnership which hasn’t exactly blossomed this season – Samuel Eto’o has disappointed and Diego Milito is on/off.
3. They have the best player in the world on their side
Don’t underestimate just what Lionel Messi can do – he singlehandedly dismantled Arsenal with a four goal showing and he rarely has a bad game. Quiet in the first leg, he’ll most likely come alive in the second – just as he did in the Arsenal tie.
4. Barca have their 12th man
Having a crowd on your side can make a massive difference, and with a crowd of almost 100,000 people – most of whom will be Barcelona fans – baying for blood (or goals) the Barcelona players will be suitably pumped up for the occasion and determined to excel.
5. They have strength in depth
The focus will be on the likes of Messi as he needs to produce but should Barca fail to find a way through for the first half of the game then they know they can rely on Guardiola to make the necessary changes to drive them forward. And Barcelona have proven that all their squad can score – players like Bojan, Thierry Henry and Jeffren can all come on and make a big difference.
With these factors on their side, Barcelona will surely have enough in the tank to see off Inter and reach the Champion’s League final, won’t they?