23 January 2012

Guardiola reserves Puyol, Xavi and Cesc for the clásico

Play around. Victory in the rose garden and rest for three heavyweights of the team, who will arrive in optimum condition to the clásico.

Pep Guardiola yesterday booked three heavyweights of the team for Wednesday's match against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou for the return of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona coach left on the bench Xavi, Puyol and Cesc. Joining them were also Pinto, Cuenca, Dos Santos and Pedro. The latter three were those who left during the second half to replace Alexis, Adriano and Iniesta respectively.

The helmsman Catalan resort was close to Xavi, who became heated in the second half, but in the end as he had doubts, he opted for a striker Pedro. The score reflected a strong 0-3 and the absence of some 20 minutes left, it was decided by the speed of the canary as the wide area was under control.

The truth is that the three homegrown yesterday reserved Guardiola will come to Wednesday's match against Real Madrid fresh and in top condition to cope. Both Puyol, Xavi and Cesc will hold a clásico that, as elsewhere, will not be easy even though Barça has a minimum lead of the first leg (1-2) played last week at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The move will round out the Barça. Triumph in a complicated field and rest for three of the main drivers of the team. (via SPORT)