Hardened in similar games in other countries, the two reinforcements of Barça debut before the civic rival.
The two arrived in the summer to further strengthen Barça, scored in both the classic and the two live Bernabeu today its first derby against Espanyol. Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas suggest Cornellà ownership in a particularly hostile area, the style of the Santiago Bernabeu, where they signed a big game. Guardiola wants to have today with the explosiveness of the Chilean and the arrival of Catalan and they added another notch to their record of derbies.
Alexis and lived as a player clashes with River Plate and Boca Juniors before, at age 17, wearing the shirt of Colo Colo in his country, the historic rivalry with the University of Chile. That day, the young Alexis was allowed the luxury of scoring a goal in his team's victory 4-2 and celebrate her hands to her ears. The Chilean premiere of the Barça shirt also took place in one of the greatest rivalry game, against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Supercopa of Spain.
For Cesc, Barcelona derby is not new, played dozens of them in the youth ranks at Barca, but never had the chance in the first team. In return, enjoyed the intensity of the clashes between Arsenal and Tottenham, the old North London derby, and also in the games against Chelsea.
Thiago Alcántara today could also enjoy their first few minutes of derby 'senior'. The youth has experienced the clash city from the lower grades, but has not yet had the opportunity to be measured at Espanyol in the Primera Division or the Copa del Rey. Fontàs, one of the last homegrown officially to join the first team, and played the derby last year at the Camp Nou (2-0) as a starter.
Cornella's party will also mean the return of Andres Iniesta Barça. Injured in the last game of the year, manchego took the Christmas holidays to speed their recovery and will return today to a state that last year I cheered for their Jarque remember the World Cup final.
The derby will be the last game of Keita before joining to his selection to play the African Nations Cup. The Malian player could have Cornellà minutes before getting to the orders of his coach, Alain Giresse.
Guardiola would not confirm who may be his temporary replacement in the first team and, indeed, said he has not yet decided whether he will go to a player's subsidiary. "Mascherano can play midfield and I think it should go up because someone in the branch itself, which is two months with us to then finish playing a game. We will be seeing little by little, "said Barca coach.
The two most fertile quarries League
For several seasons, the derby derby city is synonymous with the quarrying and every season that passes, the tendency is further accentuated. No other Premier League team can boast players from both home and Barca and Espanyol, now face in Cornellà homegrown twelve each in its workforce, excluding Verdú and Sergio Garcia, trained at La Masia although members Mauricio Pochettino team. In total, 26 home grown players for a derby that has combined local roots with the intensity of the great rivalries in football world citizens. The rivalry between La Masia Sant Adrià and now live a special match in which Barca won the school's first assault for having trained two of the mainstays of Espanyol, Joan Verdú and Sergio Garcia, who came to make his debut for the club's first team official game. (via SPORT)