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Milan and Barca prepare for semifinal clash

2010-04-20 09:16 BJT

Inter Milan meets defending champion Barcelona in the semi-finals on Tuesday. The Italian club is hoping to copy Barca's treble-winning success of 2009. Barcelona won the Champions League, Spanish League, and Spanish Cup last year. Inter Milan reached the final of the Italian Cup this year, and could come up with an Italian version of European football's triple-crown.

The Italian club is hoping to copy Barca's treble-winning success of 2009. Barcelona won the Champions League, Spanish League, and Spanish Cup last year. Inter Milan reached the final of the Italian Cup this year, and could come up with an Italian version of European football's triple-crown. 
The Italian club is hoping to copy Barca's treble-winning success of 2009. Barcelona
 won the Champions League, Spanish League, and Spanish Cup last year. Inter Milan 
reached the final of the Italian Cup this year, and could come up with an Italian 
version of European football's triple-crown.

Inter Milan and European champion Barcelona already met in the Champions League group stage twice this season. Barcelona won 2-0 at the Camp Nou stadium, and the teams drew 0-0 at the San Siro.

Each team contributed to the demise of two English clubs in the previous stage. Jose Mourinho said he understood why Tuesday's game was attracting so much attention, given how English teams have dominated the competition in recent years.

Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan coach
Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan coach

Jose Mourinho of Inter Milan coach says, "We beat Chelsea, Barcelona beat Arsenal, so you can say that because of us two English teams are out of the competition. I understand that because the power of the teams and the quality of the players this is a game that attracts a lot of attention, and I hope that everybody can answer in a positive way to the expectations around the world."