25 January 2012

A semi-final, with the same at the Bernabeu

The team played a great game in the first leg of the tie. Pep wants to keep the concentration.

All indications are that Barca will face the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey against Real Madrid with the same eleven who already won the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu by 1-2. In any case, at least a safe bet Jose Manuel Pinto put in the starting lineup.

Duels against Real Madrid always have a dual component, the strictly sporting and psychological. The succession of duels in the past two seasons and the presence of Jose Mourinho on the bench have made meringue emotional charge of these parties are tripped. The fact that Madrid is the locker room as a powder keg about to explode has added a last point of tension.

Under these assumptions, Guardiola has tried to keep his players in the highest state of alert to avoid an unpleasant surprise tonight. A resounding victory of Barca deepen the schism merengue. Therefore, Blaugrana coach is determined to present a lineup that was very competitive last week, with a crowded midfield and Cesc taking advantage of the ability to talk and appear as a second false forward. In any case, the recovery of Pedro Rodriguez offers an alternative to build an attack with two bands, the Tenerife and Alexis, and Messi along the shaft. With this release, Cesc or delay their position would be one of those sacrificed in the starting lineup, although it seems unlikely considering that was one of the players who had rest against Malaga, with Xavi and Puyol. Precisely Vallès midfielder alongside Busquets and Iniesta back to make a play of the team as a replacement for guarantees Thiago.

Neither offers much doubt defensive line. Alves on the right wing can cover all your lane and, with his physical display, transform in seconds the system of 4-3-3 to 3-4-3, Piqué, Puyol tandem works well, especially in the clásicos , and Abidal was even the decisive scorer Camp Nou with Puyi. Valdes, Mascherano and Adriano, along with the squad's subsidiary, completed the list. (via SPORT)