Semi-final, second leg – Kick-off: 20-45 (CET)
First leg: Inter 3-1 Barcelona
Josep Guardiola has told his Barcelona team to go on the offensive from the off when the Champions League holders meet Inter in the hope of overturning a 3-1 first-leg defeat.
“Inter are an extraordinary team,” said Guardiola. “Everyone is talking a lot about us and saying hardly anything about Inter. We have to control possession and attack more than we did in the first leg.
“We’re very happy, it’s a pleasure to be faced with this match and I want the players to know this is a privilege, an honour that we might not have again. I want them to enjoy it and I want the fans to see this as a huge party.
“I don’t know if we’ll turn the tie around or not. We want to reach the final and we have a good enough team to do it, but we have never said this is a done deal. In Milan we scored the first goal and then stopped pushing for the second and we have to change that because we only have 90 minutes.
“We respect Inter a lot and we’re not thinking about what we have accomplished before, only about winning the Champions League again. If we get to the final it’ll be after playing a great match.”
Guardiola will be without suspended skipper Carles Puyol and injured duo Eric Abidal and Andres Iniesta.
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is hoping his Inter side can take one step closer to achieving their “dream” of a first European title since 1965.
“The scoreboard says it’s 3-1 with 90 minutes left, but history is full of cases when a team that held an advantage ended up losing,” said Mourinho. How many times have results been turned around? The only thing concerning me is helping Inter realise their dream.
“I can’t say it’s my dream because I’ve won the Champions League before, but for Inter it’s been over 40 years since they won the competition so it’s a dream for them.
“It’ll be a different match to the one in November, when Barcelona were superior to us in many ways. I also expect a different game to the first leg, too. Barcelona are still the great team they were in November and December but Inter have improved.”
Although Mourinho will be without the suspended Dejan Stankovic, he hopes to be able to call on the services of influential midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who has been suffering with a foot injury.
“We will see if [Wesley] Sneijder can play the full 90 minutes,” Mourinho said when quizzed about the Dutchman’s availability. “He has a minor injury but he will play. There are important matches after this one so I will have to take a risk.