Inter: Julio César; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel,
Chivu; Muntari (Stankovic 61'), Zanetti, Motta, Sneijder (Santon 79'); Diego
Milito, Eto'o. 4-4-2.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Dani Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal; Xavi, Touré Yaya, Keita; Messi, Ibrahimovic, Henry (Iniesta 71'). 4-3-3.
The opening day fixture between Italian and Spanish champions Inter Milan and Barcelona promised fireworks, if only because of the first meeting between Eto'o and Ibrahimovic against their old sides. However in the end the match finished without goals, leaving both teams on a point.
Barça had the better chances though, particularly in the opening minutes when Messi brought a couple of good saves out of Julio César and Ibrahimovic failed to hit the target when clear on goal. Inter's first real shot didn't come until the half hour mark when Milito tested Valdés for the first time, but Keita could have scored when he shot wide close to half time.
Sneijder tried his luck a couple of times either side of the break, but Guardiola's side were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the ball hit Stankovic on the arm midway through the second half. After that though they decided that a draw was a good result for the opening day, and they kept possession as long as they could up until the final whistle.