It has four low to try to eliminate the Madrid of Cup and close the gap in the League.
Unless major surprise tonight at the Reyno de Navarra , the Barca will face a huge demand schedule for the remainder of January and with the position. Upon completion of proceedings against Osasuna - the 4-0 first-leg must be sufficient to access the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, Barca will expect a tough tie with Real Madrid in the Cup and three league games , one home-game Betis and two away-game and Villarreal followed.
With the almost certain departure of full-bac Maxwell Paris Saint Germain, plus the absence of Seydou Keita by the dispute of the African Nations Cup and the injuries to David Villa and Ibrahim Afellay, Pep Guardiola will only have 19 first team players, including Isaac Cuenca in a decisive month for Barça aspirations of both the Cup and the League.
Accustomed to give more minutes for less common in the Copa del Rey , the difficulty of a rival Real Madrid as Pep Guardiola force to do a few rotations and, therefore, are its players suffer a higher burden of games this month January. Furthermore, the absence of Seydou Keita and Maxwell or the same Afellay, who has always given minutes in the Copa del Rey, neither team would allow refreshing even wanting. Except surprise, the only thing that will keep the non-regular in the team against Real Madrid will be the goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto after last season and in the very final act against targets in the Mestalla stadium.
With five points of disadvantages with respect to Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola can not dispense much in the league, as a new misstep could mean goodbye to the league championship. Of course, unlike previous seasons, and despite the aforementioned low Pep now can boast about having two players per position fully guaranteed thanks to the signings of Cesc and Alexis and the rise of Thiago Alcántara.
Yet, despite the four low (Maxwell, Keita, Villa and Afellay), Guardiola will branch weight reinforcements to complete their calls. Sergi and Robert Montoya, already entered in the call yesterday to travel to Pamplona today, there are two options to cover absence of Maxwell-squad while playing for right-or Keita. Other alternatives are Jonathan dos Santos, who has already told Pep often as much as right side midfielder, Tello as a winger or striker Jonathan Soriano, although the presence of the latter is conditioned by age, because if you play with the first team can not return to the subsidiary.
Despite the fact that Guardiola League matches shall not abuse refozar squad for his team so as not to weaken further and avoid the specter of relegation to the Second Division, Eusebio players have clearly shown that you can count on them. A good example is the Champions League match against BATE Borisov in the Nou Camp where Barcelona thrashed by the presence of twelve homegrown. (via MD)