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Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

Inter face Barcelona this week for the first time since their glorious victory in the Champions League semi-finals in 2010

By Fergal McAlinden for These Football Times

Internazionale’s return to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons will produce a flood of memories for the club’s fans, but few occasions will evoke as much nostalgia as their trip to Barcelona this week. Luciano Spalletti takes his team to the Camp Nou – the scene of a stirring triumph on their way to winning the competition in 2010 – knowing his players have a long journey ahead if they are to emulate José Mourinho’s treble winners.

The semi-final in 2010 pitted Mourinho against Pep Guardiola in an early instalment of a rivalry that has proven so enduring through the years. As ever, it was billed a clash of styles: Barça had won an unprecedented six trophies in 2009, they boasted the newly anointed Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, and were showing the world a brand of football most teams could only dream of playing.

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