The summer’s Blockbuster trade involved Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel. Eto’o swapping clubs and Inter also received a boat load of cash. The first Champions League clash between the two clubs failed to give a decisive edge as to which team gained the most from this transaction. While Inter made a handsome profit, Barca was able to offload an unhappy camper and replaced him with a stocky and talented forward, albeit one who has often failed to deliver on the big occasion.
Cameroon’s Eto’o has delivered for Barca over the years and has in fact scored in both of the Catalan club’s Champions League Finals (last season and three years ago). Eto’o has lightening pace and an impressive strike ratio. Ibra is a talented footballer and displays a stunning range of skills for a player his size, yet the temperamental Swedish forward often disappears on the big stage. His scoring record in the Champions League is mediocre while he finally topped the Serie A goal scoring charts last season, albeit on a loaded team far superior to other clubs in Italy’s top flight. Ibra helped Inter win a number of crucial games, yet interestingly none were against the elite clubs.
At this early stage of the season, both Ibra and Eto’o have already opened their scoring account for their respective clubs yet Eto’o has put in better overall performances for the Nerazzurri. Zlatan will definitely benefit from having Xavi, Iniesta, Henry and Messi on his side since all four are capable of providing the killer assist. Samuel will not enjoy the same generous service and will not be part of a telepathic understanding since La Beneamata are more of a robust & physical squad compared to Barca’s extremely skilled lineup.