Volcanos, sprinklers, a 14-hour coach journey and how Jose Mourinho's Inter took down Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Barcelona

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Pep Guardiola has an opportunity to make football history on Saturday, and the only team standing in his way is Inter. What could go wrong? Well, based on the last time the Catalan coach faced the Nerazzurri, pretty much everything.

When Guardiola’s Barcelona met Inter in the 2009-10 Champions League semi-finals, the Catalan was on course to become the first coach to win the competition in successive seasons. The clash against Jose Mourinho, his old colleague at Camp Nou but by then bitter enemy, was laced with narratives from the start, and turned out to be a truly epic encounter.

In the end, a volcanic eruption, transport problems, uncut grass and questionable refereeing decisions all played their part in Barca and Guardiola missing out on the final in what proved to be the only season he didn't win the Champions League as coach at Camp Nou.

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And so as Guardiola prepares to face Inter for the first time in 13 years while aiming to complete the treble with Manchester City, GOAL relives one of the most memorable ties in the competition’s history...