Barcelona faces Inter MIlan in Champions League return leg

21:54, April 27, 2010      

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FC Barcelona and Inter Milan play what is almost certainly the most important game of their respective seasons in Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium on Wednesday night.

The return leg of the Champions League semifinal promises to be a special event as Barcelona looks to overturn the 3-2 defeat from the first leg and book a place in the final.

The fact that the final is to be held in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is an added attraction as there is nothing Barcelona fans would like more than to retain the trophy they won last year in the ground of their most bitter rivals.

Barcelona's players have spent the past seven days animating the supporters to make sure the atmosphere is as difficult for their rivals as can be.

"We have to make the atmosphere so that for 90 minutes the Inter Milan players begin to hate their profession," said Barcelona defender Gerard Pique this Tuesday.

Pique will play in the heart of the Barcelona defense alongside Gabi Milito, who is in for the suspended Carles Puyol. Milito will have the job of stopping his brother Diego, who plays for Inter and who scored his side's third goal last week.

Inter will also have former Barcelona hero Samuel Eto'o leading the line. The man who opened the scoring in last year's final is sure to be highly motivated against the side that virtually pushed him out of the door in order to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovich from Inter last summer.

Ibrahimovich will also take his place and the Swedish striker will also be gunning for revenge after the rough treatment he received from Inter center back Walter Samuel in Milan.

Inter are waiting to see if midfielder Wesley Sneijder can recover from a muscle injury, while apart from Puyol and the injured Andres Iniesta, Barcelona is at full strength.

Leo Messi and Pedro Rodriguez were rested for Saturday's win at home to Xerez and will step into the side along with Eric Abidal, who has struggled with a groin strain.

A total of 98,000 fans will pack into the Camp Nou knowing their side has to score twice to qualify, but also aware that in previous rounds Barcelona put four goals each past Stuttgart and Arsenal. It promises to be a classic.



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