After a potentially catastrophic defeat on Tuesday night, will Barcelona show a reaction?
Given that Bayern Munich are running away at the top of their Champions League, Barça’s double-header against Inter was always going to be decisive.
So, the fact Xavi’s team were beaten 1-0 at San Siro in midweek is concerning to say the least.
Pedri had a goal disallowed, Ansu penalised for handball, before the Blaugrana were denied, what appeared to be, a stonewall penalty right at the death.
Nevertheless, having lost in Milan, if Barça fail to beat Inter at home on Wednesday, they’ll almost certainly drop into the Europa League for a second successive season.
All the economic levers or ‘palancas’ Joan Laporta pulled during the summer were dependant of Barça making a deep run in the Champions League.
So, to say there’s a lot riding on this forthcoming Wednesday’s game would be an understatement.
Back in La Liga, they’re in terrific form, winning six in a row, with Robert Lewandowski downing Mallorca last weekend.
This has seen Barcelona return to the top of the table for the first time since 16 June 2020, 844 days ago.
Will the league-leaders ensure that they’ll be staying there, ahead of next weekend’s Clásico at Bernabéu?
Celta de Vigo meanwhile beat Real Betis last weekend; Gabri Veiga the only scorer at Balaídos.
O Celtiña had heavily lost back-to-back games beforehand, beaten 4-1 by Atlético Madrid and 3-0 by Valencia.
Eduardo Coudet did win in Catalonia back in August, beating Girona, but aren’t capable of repeating that at Camp Nou... are they?