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Barcelona's 3-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday assured the Catalan team’s top spot finish in Group F of the Champions League. In this way, the match against Inter Milan in San Siro -next December 10 and for the last matchday of the group stage- will add no value at a qualification level for Ernesto Valverde's pupils.
?? Good morning, Barça Family! pic.twitter.com/gRVyHPwUa2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 28, 2019
Qualifying as winners of its group on the way to the round of 16 is not new for Barça. It is something that the club has achieved for thirteen consecutive seasons since the 2007/08 campaign, showing the strength of the Catalan team in this phase of the competition. In total there are already 18 times when they have finished first in their group, more than any other team in the tournament’s history, and in this way they join PSG, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, who also secured the first place of their respective groups and therefore they cannot be rivals of the Catalans in the next round.
On the other hand, the clash in the Italian city being less important is a clear benefit for Valverde’s planning. In fact, after Inter, Barcelona will face Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday 14th, and Real Madrid in the Camp Nou for the postponed match from matchday 10 on Wednesday 18th. This will allow Valverde to dose the minutes of its most important players, especially with the expected ‘Clasico’ on the horizon.
AMAZING! We're in the @ChampionsLeague round of 1??6?? as group winners for the 13th year in a row!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 27, 2019
The performance of the Catalan team so far in the Champions League has been positive. Barça has achieved three wins and two draws, these two in the first leg against Borussia Dortmund and against Slavia Prague at the Camp Nou. Both meetings ended with goalless draws and left many doubts, but the triumphs against Inter and Dortmund in the Camp Nou and the away victory against Slavia have avoided any suffering for the ‘Culé’ team.
Anyway, the meeting in San Siro presents an important challenge for Barcelona. At least, on the statistical level. The Catalans have never won Inter Milano in their stadium in the Champions League in four visits: the balance between these two sides is three draws and a victory for the host. In fact, to find a triumph of the Catalans against Inter in continental competition and away from home, we must go back to the 1959 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, when Barça won 2-4.
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