Barca comes into the game with its two best attacking threats - Leo Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic - both nursing injuries that have their statuses up in the air. Two more Barca starters - Eric Abidal and Yaya Toure - are down with the swine flu. Abidal's absence forces Maxwell, a former Inter player, into the lineup. Former Barca hero Samuel Eto'o, he of the 108 goals in five seasons for the Blaugrana, makes his return to the Nou Camp for the first time since being sold to Inter in the summer. Also returning to Catalunya is favored whipping boy Jose Mourinho, the object of intense disdain in the region dating back to the bitter Barca-Chelsea ties in 2005 and 2006.
So, to recap: massive stakes between two of the superpowers of Europe, several players meeting their former teammates, more top class players who will be starring in South Africa than you can shake a stick at, and a little coaching morbo.