High Stakes

Barcelona have a mountain to climb vs Inter in UCL

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola chose to put the mind games employed by Jose Mourinho to one side ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola led Barca to a historic haul of six trophies in his first year in charge but the Catalans' hopes of repeating last season's Champions League success are in the balance after they lost 3-1 at Inter Milan last week.

It was the first time a Guardiola-led Barca had lost a match by two goals and the Catalans will need a stirring fightback to advance to the final, which takes place at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu on May 22.

Mourinho spoke of Barca's "obsession" of winning the title at their fierce rivals' home ground. But the Barca coach, who worked with Mourinho when the Portuguese coach was an assistant to Sir Bobby Robson and Louis Van Gaal at the Nou Camp, believes his players must focus on their own game.


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