For me there's nothing better or more exciting than mid-week CL matches.
Nothing beats that thrill of seeing Inter play the best of the best.
I guess we are using this one thread for the matches, like we did last season.
Few points on our opponents:
1) Slavia Prague
: obviously these guys will be the whipping boys of the group. I'm not going to pretend to know anything about them. They won the Czech league by 5 points last season and knocked out CFR Cluj (Romanian team) to make the group stages.
First match is Sept 17 against these guys in Meazza. Let's hope for a big win before Barca in the Nou Camp. The away game could be very tricky though. Late November so it will be freezing cold. Eastern Euro pitches don't have the best rep. although maybe the Czech ones are good, I've no idea.
No-brainer. If we don't get 6/6 we here we can kiss goodbye to the knockout stages.
: In terrible form ATM but that that is mostly to Messi's injury. The rumour is he is BACK start of October
i.e. just in time for Inter. Also the midfield selection has been bizarre and Valverde hasn't found a balance. Busquets and De Jong are probably immovable going forward...
But for me, so far, the new midfields they are putting out seem lightweight and/or inexperienced.
Why the hell are they lining up with Alena and Sergio Roberto in midfield when they have Rakitic, Arthur and Vidal sitting on the bench
Predictably, the results have been sh*te. But the CL is Barca's natural habitat and they usually waltz through the group stage. Rakitic and Arthur owned our midfield last season and I expect them to come back do the same this year.
I would expect a 2-0 loss in the Nou Camp and would hope for a draw in Meazza.
Dortmund are really fluid, really fast and pretty vulnerable at the back. Union Berlin put 3 past them in the last round, which was pretty shocking considering the whole country expects Union to go down immediately with very few points.
The forward line is pretty lethal. Having Sancho, Thorsten Hazard, Alcacer and Marco Reus attacking you in unison is pretty scary really.
We just need to hope that a mix of Brozo, Sensi, Barella, Vecino and Gaglia can overpower Weigl and Witsel in midfield.
Hummels is error-prone at the back but Akanji is really good.
On their day I think they can beat us in Germany without too many problems. But let's hope for win in San Siro.