Luciano Spalletti: ‘Barcelona are the best’

Inter boss Luciano Spalletti acknowledged ‘Barcelona are the best’ and his side will ‘need to be at 100%’ to defeat them on Tuesday.

The Nerazzurri fell to a 2-0 defeat against the Catalan giants at the Camp Nou a fortnight ago but the Milanese giants are hopeful home advantage could prove decisive second time around.

“They’re the best,” Spalletti told reporters ahead of the match.

“It’s the most difficult match in the game, and we have before us an opportunity to show that we really can compete with anyone.

“This is a match that gives you the chance to give anyone a game. In the matches after Barcelona we wanted to strengthen the concept of keeping the ball and positioning ourselves in the opponent’s half of the pitch.

“We want to stay as far as possible from our own box and to do that we need to be a team.

“We need to be good in making sure our opponents don’t have time to play, giving continuous pressure where all the players follow the ball.

“It takes 100 per cent to beat Barcelona, and we need to be able to do that.”

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