Barcelona’s loss to Inter increases the pressure in the Champions League

For Barcelona, ​​suddenly, there is pressure. Tuesday’s 1–0 defeat by Inter Milan means that at the halfway stage of the Champions League group stage they are in third place in the group, three points behind Inter Milan and six behind Bayern Munich. If Xavi’s side do not beat Inter Milan at home next week, it is likely that they will exit the Champions League before the knockout stage for the second consecutive season.

Having sold so many assets, effectively mortgaging so much of the club’s future in the expectation of immediate success – beyond La Liga, where they are seven games into first place – this would be a serious blow. This has always been a difficult group, and these last two games, apart from Bayern and Inter, have been clearly difficult, by far the most difficult games Barca have faced this season, but in the way they have not just failed to win, they have failed to and the score, must be worrying – despite all the perfectly reasonable caveats that this is a very young team still in the process of mating.

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