One of the biggest fixtures on Matchday 2 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League group stage comes from Group F, the Group of Death, as Inter Milan travels to Camp Nou on Wednesday, October. 2 at 3 p.m. EDT to face off against Barcelona (TNT, TUDN, UniMás; streaming on FuboTV, B/R Live, Watch TNT, Univision NOW, TUDN en Vivo).
Following the first matches, all is level in Group F after all four clubs played to draws in their opening fixtures of the tournament. Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund played to a 0-0 tie at Westfalenstadion, while Inter finds itself behind the eight ball following a 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague, the weakest side in the group, at San Siro. However, a road win over Barcelona on Wednesday would put the Italians back in the catbird seat.
Barcelona has struggled a bit early this season and sits in fourth place in the La Liga after seven matches. The Blaugrana opened the season with a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao and also suffered a 2-0 upset at the hands of Granada. Some of Barcelona’s issues stem from the absence of the talismanic Lionel Messi, who missed the first four games of the season with injury. He picked up another injury last Tuesday in a 2-1 win over Villareal that forced him off at halftime. However, he is reportedly recovering well and could be named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad on Wednesday.
Inter, meanwhile, is soaring in its first season under manager Antonio Conte. The Nerazzurri hold first place in the Serie A table early in the season with six wins in six matches. They’ve only allowed two goals in the league this season while scoring 13. It’s still too early to know if they can challenge eight-time defending Serie A champion Juventus for league supremacy—although the two Italian giants will face off this weekend—but Conte certainly has his side playing like title contenders.
Barcelona and Inter are two of European soccer’s most historic sides and have met eight times in European competition. The teams squared off in last season’s UEFA Champions League group stage with Barcelona winning 2-0 at Camp Nou and drawing 1-1 at San Siro. Most famously, Barcelona and Inter played in the 2010 UEFA Champions League semifinal, which Inter won 3-2 on aggregate before winning the final over Real Madrid.
Inter will enter the match with an advantage in regard to fitness. The Nerazzurri will likely have the full squad available. Messi is not the only Barcelona player who is questionable to play. The Blaugrana could also be without Ansu Fati, Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembele. Samuel Umtiti has been ruled out until late October after suffering a foot injury while on duty with France over the September international break.
How To Watch Barcelona vs. Inter Milan
WHAT: Barcelona vs. Inter Milan
WHEN: Wednesday, October 2, 3:00 p.m. EDT
WHERE: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
STREAMING: FuboTV, B/R Live, Watch TNT, Univision NOW, TUDN en Vivo
TV: TNT, TUDN, UniMás