Wednesday night brings us a special occasion to the table: the coveted Champions League is making a big return to the Camp Nou as Barcelona host Inter in Catalonia. Both teams currently sit at one point after their tournament opener and will be looking to tally their first win in the group stage.

This tactical analysis preview will give you analysis of both sides’ tactics and the ways in which they might try and overcome their opposition.

Tactical analysis: Inter’s style of play

Under Antonio Conte, Inter have really sprung back to life. Currently, they sit top of the table in Serie A and are looking to extend that fantastic run in the upcoming fixtures. Despite a hiccup or two along the way, including a draw at home with Slavia Prague, the Nerazzurri are definitely flying high at the moment.

The most prominent part of Conte’s tactics is, of course, visible in his tendency to deploy three in the back. On most occasions, Inter will build their attacks up steadily from the back, similarly to what Barcelona tend to do, with a single pivot dropping deeper to assist and form the diamond.

Champions League 2019/20: Barcelona vs Inter - tactical preview tactics
Inter forming a diamond with the dropping pivot from midfield when building-up.

The foundation of those tactics are definitely the Italians’ fantastic ball-playing centre-backs who make it all possible. All three of their defenders are pretty comfortable on the ball and courageous enough to venture forward and play penetrative passes all the way from the back.

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