Barça win in Malaga required for Mou start against Athletic to 2 points.
Cup after winning at the Bernabeu, the league going to reap victories out of Camp Nou.
The Bernabeu, Mourinho and Pepe are already parked. Today play La Rosaleda, Pellegrini and Cazorla. Barca play this afternoon (18.00 h.) more than three points in Málaga. The last match of the first round, which will be held five months later than planned start to the league postponed the players strike, is not decisive but fundamental for Pep Guardiola for many reasons.
The champion of the last three league is unrecognizable away from Camp Nou, with only 13 of 24 possible points earned, a burden that has led him to go along with Real Madrid, who, knowing the result of his eternal rival, faces after (21.30 h. / C +1) a plebiscite before their fans with another dangerous adversary as Athletic of Marcelo Bielsa. Retrieve the undeniable continuity in the game that Barca and local exhibit is the first goal in Málaga for, incidentally, just two points closer to the 'meringues' and add pressure to a costume, blanco, totally broken after the umpteenth trip Barça in Chamartín.
If the 1-3 of December 10 in Madrid feud served as a springboard to win the World Club bowled leaving the footballers from around the globe, Guardiola wants to take his fifth win at the Bernabeu to take note of the exits in a most uncomfortable the Championship. Málaga has four official matches without a win at home and only two points in the last 15 possible in the league but two weeks and a half ago at times danced the capital Madrid in Cazorla, Isco and company and their bench is Manuel Pellegrini. Barca knows this and is on alert, more so after stumbling home unforgivable as Anoeta, Getafe and Cornella-El Prat. Arbitrations rowed against but, although Barça fans fears that continue to do so this afternoon with Undiano Mallenco, ineffable last collegiate Cup final against Real Madrid, Guardiola have no excuse. They are better than the rest of Spanish football teams and global and must prove it.
The Pep Barca, which has three visits to La Rosaleda for victories, has no margin for error and today there are only a few rotations. It may be a party to face the rest Puyol Classic on Wednesday and Mascherano into place. Thiago is one that has options to return to the starting filling in for Xavi and Iniesta. Pedro, who was discharged from hospital yesterday after injuring nine days in Pamplona, could have his minutes in the second half but only pointed untouchable Messi, hungry to improve their meager scoring balance (1) in the attacking in so far Liga. Cesc to be seen whether, on a roll at home, and Alexis will complete the attack or if Cuenca and Adriano Correia take the place of one. Dos Santos and Sergi Roberto complete the call for 19 players of which one will stay in the stands.
With 30,000 malaguistas, La Rosaleda will be packed to push a private team worker suspended for Toulalan, a key to combat Barca game average. Camacho leaves with advantage on he Doubts and Maresca to replace to French. Neither injured Rubén, Joaquín and Baptista will be but yes Cazorla, centre-midfielder for the circumstances, Isco in the playmaker and Van Nistelrooy in centre-forward.
The big question is whether under Kameni debut at the expense of Willy Caballero, 'ally' of Madrid in the 1/8final of Cup (via MD)