Barcelona vs Inter – Champions League
April 27, 2010 ás 22:05
Pick: AH Inter de Milão +1 @ 2.34 in Bet365 / Result: (1-0)
Comparing the list of the last two games of the Inter of Milan, we can see that only Zanetti, Eto’o and Julio Cesar did the two games completely. One it’s goalkeeper, the other is a veteran with an exceptional quality and the other it’s a striker still with lot to give.
Mourinho had to fix the wings on the defence, with the injury of Maicon and Chivu had his chance, so motivation won’t be a problem in this match. In the centre of the defence we will see again Walter Samuel and Lúcio that will play together after the rest that was given by Mourinho. The three midfielders that have played against Barcelona rested in the last game, talking now about the front players, Sneidjer just played the first half and Milito was replaced around the 80 minute against Atalanta.
Stankovic will not play against Barcelona, so there will probably be Muntari who will replace him. Cambiasso and Thiago motta did some minutes in the second half to keep the rhythm and the physical of all the team is very good in this part of the season.
I don’t believe that Sneidjer won’t be able to play this Wednesday, I don’t know if he left the last game at the half time with some physical problem, I just know that he is a fundamental player on the team and I don’t think that his substitution was made in spite of some injury.
What I know is that we will see more of the same from Barcelona. Mourinho has prepared extremely well the game and he found a way to stop the game that the Spanish team likes to play. Mourinho forces the Barcelona players to play in 50 or 60 meters, thanks to his strikers that do everything they can to extend the game.
It’s a strategy that is very tiring, but it seems to be the only one that can stop this Barcelona. When Inter is defending they seems to try to stop in first place Xavi, he is the brain of the team and the first one to build game. There is one player that is very important in the mission of stop Xavi, his name is Eto’o. Pandev is in one of the wings and Milito is the “ninja” of the team.
Next, Xavi passes the ball to Iniesta, who will not play and will be certain a disadvantage for Barcelona, however, all of the other players in the front have quality to keep the high pace of the team football. The football that is played by the Spanish team is very similar from the football that was played by the team of Ajax in the 70’s, where he player that is in possession passes the ball and find a better position.
The player that receives the ball keep the same game passing and getting in a better position. Actually I don’t see any other team doing this game. A player that is playing at an outstanding level is Lionel Messi who was in very good shape against Arsenal particularly.
Mourinho is going to repeat the strategy that they used in the first match, when Messi receives he ball, there is immediately Cambiasso and Motta trying to steal the ball don’t giving any space to the Argentinean.
By pressuring the two most important players of the team, Xavi in a first stage and Messi in a further phase of the Barcelona game. Inter will try to stop Barcelona from play their short game with a lot of passes between their players. Inter will try a more direct style of game with long passes to explore the speed of their strikers to try to score at least one goal at Camp Nou.
Barcelona will have a lot of difficulties to win this game by 2 or more goals, I don’t believe in a victory from Inter, despite Mourinho is able to get a draw, but playing at Camp Nou in a game with this importance all can happen, and another important factor may be the arbitrations.
There are two odds that I like: Barcelona to win for a goal of difference, Barcelona – 1 Draw, odd @4.10 at Unibet.
Other odd I like it’s the Asian handicap Inter +1 @2.40 at Paddypower, this line has lower odds but allow us to win if Inter win or get a draw.
From the two options, AH + 1 for Inter is the one that has more value, and in the other side, the odds for Barcelona to win for just one goal are also very good.