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Barcelona coach Xavi: Inter Milan result will be decisive

Barcelona coach Xavi is delighted with their form facing Inter Milan in the Champions League.

The two teams sit level on three points in Group C after both falling to Bayern Munich, making Tuesday's encounter a key one in deciding who will make it out of the group stage.

Inter enter the match having lost four of their eight Serie A matches so far, but Xavi is expecting a tough match nonetheless.

"Their [form] isn't important, they're Inter," Xavi said.

"They're a very strong team. They have a different system compared to anything we've seen so far.

"They played with two strikers, something you don't see too much of in Spain. They are a tough team, and although we are in good form, we have to prove that. We have to repeat the performance we had in Munich, but this time with a result.

"It looks like it's going to be [key] because we both lost to Bayern. We can't fail now."

While Inter currently sit eighth in the Serie A standings, Barcelona are joint leaders in LaLiga Santander with rivals Real Madrid.

"It's an important morale boost and it gives us confidence," said Xavi.

"It's a sign that things are going well, but tomorrow's match will be a different story.

"We're coming off a match where we didn't score in Munich. It's time for us to perform in this competition."

While Barcelona usually play with a four-man defence, Xavi wouldn't rule out starting with three at the back tomorrow.

"The idea is to dominate the ball and subdue our opponent," he added. "It depends on the opponent. We adapt when needed.

"If they play with two strikers, we will have a defender left over which means we can strengthen the midfield, like we did against Real Sociedad."

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