Barça return to Champions League action
Four and a half months after being eliminated by Inter at the semi final stage FC Barcelona return to Champions League action when Panathinaikos visit Camp Nou on Tuesday.
The best 32 teams on the continent play the first group games of the 2010/11 season and the
Blaugrana take on Greek opposition as they look to bounce back from league defeat at the weekend.
Eight groups of four clubs all vie for a place in the next round and then on to the final at
Wembley on May 28.
Along with Panathinaikos in Group D Pep Guardiola's side will also
compete against FC Copenhagen and Rubin Kazan. The Catalan side are seen as clear favourites to win
the group and progress but they will be keen to prove that on the pitch from the start. As the team
with the best coefficient rating Barça will have the weight of expectation on their shoulders as
usual, but they are accustomed to coming good when the heat is on.
Barça's previous Champions League game was on April when they beat
Inter 1-0 in Camp Nou but were eliminated having been beaten 3-1 in San Siro in the first leg. The
Italian outfit went on to meet Bayern Munich in the final in the Santiago Bernabéu and lifted the
trophy after a 2-0 triumph.