Barça to forget Pamplona with a victory that allows to dream and grow.
Keeping alive la Liga back to better Piqué and convince Pep, other challenges.
The clear victory in Leverkusen (1-3) that put Barca on the verge of the quarter-finals of the Champions League has not healed the wound that caused the defeat last Saturday against Osasuna (3-2). The team azulgrana is required to overcome Valencia tonight to continue to aspire to a league title but not impossible and at 13 points away temporarily after yesterday's controversial victory of Real Madrid (4-0) over Racing at the Santiago Bernabéu. Pep Guardiola's players, champions of the last three editions of the regular tournament, they must keep fighting and winning while waiting for the leader to fail in the next few days. And if this hypothesis difficult to enforce (by the obvious quality merengue and arbitration support) are not motivated enough, there's another incentive: a win would consolidate second place and prevent harassment of Valencia, third place for a win that would place five points.
The trip to Osasuna also caused a 'crisis' in the relationship between Guardiola and Piqué, who on Tuesday was in the stands of the BayArena technical decision. If there was punishment, today will be lifted because low through suspension Alves and Mascherano did not leave too many tactical options. In any case, it is a good chance of Piqué to claim that class can never run out of a pitch in the Champions League. Perhaps that's the reaction you are looking Guardiola soul with its disposal against Bayer.
The 3-2 of the Reyno de Navarra also planted questions about the physical state of Xavi, with discomfort in the soleus, which did not play on Saturday as a precaution before falling back in training on Sunday and also lost la cita europea. Yesterday worked normally for a good part of the session, but until just before tonight's game not been postponed. Keita, back after the African Nations Cup, is prepared, as well as four subsidiary defenses: Montoya, Bartra, Muniesa and Tello. The first dispute with ailing the seat vacated by Adriano Alves on the right full-back. Nor is it a 3-4-3 rule.
The team also has the daily challenge of trying to convince Guardiola to renew, which is in the air, even more so after his remarks yesterday. And that can be achieved with the best attitude and the great football ever in the Camp Nou in La Liga that has seen only a stumbling block: 0-0 against Sevilla. With three titles won (Supercup of Spain, European Super Cup and Club World Cup), a guaranteed final (Cup) and stroking the quarterfinals of the Champions League, players also deserve the support of a hobby to a Valencia's rival as vital, as demonstrated in the semifinal copera who want to avenge Emery's team. (via MD)