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Barcelona beat Inter Milan 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Luis Suarez once again found his form and lethality and managed to rattle the inside of the net twice, completing Blaugrana’s heroic comeback and sealing the win.
Of course, Lionel Messi’s efforts should also not be forgotten as the little Argentine returned back to action only to drop another masterclass performance that warranted him the Man of the Match award according to Whoscored’s rating system.
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The two veterans pulled the strings and ensured Barcelona would return to winning ways in the Champions League after an opening day draw against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.
But this was by no means a procession.
On the contrary, Barcelona were extremely shaky in the first half and it only took a couple of minutes and one lapse in concentration for Inter to pounce and get their opener at the Camp Nou.
As big of a shock as that undeniably was for the Blaugrana audience, it’s also difficult to escape the notion that it was not really that much of a surprise.
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After all, the Catalans have already conceded a total of 11 goals across all competitions in the 2019/20 campaign and have been shaky throughout.
Were it not for Messi’s usual magic and Suarez’s newly-found sharpness in front of goal, this game could’ve been much different and the narrative of a heroic comeback would’ve been completely lost.
Of course, it was not all bad and Barcelona controlled the game with 66% possession and 17 shots compared to Inter’s 11 but that still doesn’t hide the fact that the Nerazzurri had the Catalans on the ropes at times, especially in the early segments of the game.
So while this victory is cause for celebration for sure, it also shouldn’t distract from the fact Barcelona are still very much struggling to find their groove and until they can muster victories on the merits of the whole team rather than on individual brilliance, Valverde’s back will continue being forced against the wall.