A look at how Pep Guardiola has fared previously against Inter Milan

A look at how Pep Guardiola has fared previously against Inter Milan

September 2009: Inter 0 Barcelona 0 (Champions League, group stage)

Jose Mourinho
Guardiola’s previous meetings with Inter brought him up against Jose Mourinho (Martin Rickett/PA)

All four of Guardiola’s past encounters with Inter came during his Barcelona side’s 2009-10 Champions League campaign, at a time when both clubs were among the most powerful forces in Europe, and pitted him against someone who would go on to become his fiercest rival, Jose Mourinho. The first of those games was a goalless draw at the San Siro.

November 2009: Barcelona 2 Inter 0 (Champions League, group stage)

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique was a key member of Guardiola’s Barcelona team (Nigel French/PA)

Barca, the reigning champions, asserted their authority in the return fixture. A team that left Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the bench won comfortably with first-half goals from Gerard Pique and Pedro.

April 2010: Inter 3 Barcelona 1 (Champions League, semi-finals)

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder delivered a big blow in 2010 (PA Archive)

It was a different story when the sides met again in the last four. This time Inter ran out convincing winners at the San Siro after coming from behind in the first leg of their semi-final. Pedro struck first for the holders but Inter levelled through Wesley Sneijder and took victory after further goals from Maicon and Diego Milito.

April 2010: Barcelona 1 Inter 0 (Champions League, semi-finals)

Inter Milan lift the Champions League trophy in 2010
Inter won the Champions League after ousting Guardiola’s Barcelona (Martin Rickett/PA)

Mourinho’s side were at their defensive best as they frustrated Barca with 10 men to end their reign as champions. Guardiola’s side won on the night with a late goal from Pique but it was not enough as the Catalans failed to take full advantage of Thiago Motta’s 28th-minute sending off. Inter went on to lift the trophy.

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