In a very demanding game and against an opponent on a roll, Guardiola tried the more incumbent team today.
This league does not support Barça and more failures in a week without more than today's matches at the Vicente Calderón, it sounds very normal to rehearse yesterday afternoon Pep Guardiola in the final preparatory session before playing with the team gala to address tonight enrachado Atlético Madrid. Talking gala alignment also depends on the time of the season and, today, a blackboard on which are the names of Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Piqué, Abidal, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Alexis, Messi and Cesc probably subscribe to many fans the culés.
It is already great news for the Barça that the technician can have all its staff to travel by plane early in morning to Madrid, with the exception of the three long-term injured, Villa, Afellay and Fontàs. Guardiola is also available to Keita, after participating in the selection of Mali in the African Nations Cup, in a list that complete Pinto, Thiago, Mascherano, Peter, Adriano Isaac Cuenca and Cristian Tello, who despite being officially the subsidiary has linked and many first team appearances for the help of his excellent run of form.
One of the most encouraging findings is that Xavi has left behind his troubles in the soleus, confirming the prediction made by the brain itself azulgrana earlier this week. On the other hand, Alves and Mascherano return a call after serving federal sanction against Valencia.
In short, after many weeks to lose weight in the team, Pep Guardiola will now have a 'once' Gala and the only major absence of David Villa, who could return in April.
Messi and Busquets, a card suspension
Although it seems difficult to understand its playing characteristics, Leo Messi is just one booking away from suspension. For now, the crack of Barça and now has four warnings, so if you see one more card will be sanctioned with a match and need to rest by force. At the same disciplinary situation is Sergio Busquets, who will also be suspended if you see a yellow.
Dani Alves new hobby
Dani Alves was surprised yesterday with a picture on his twitter that he is seen playing guitar and where indicated, "This is what I do in my spare time." Perhaps after the time off has happened in Granada, where he attended the concert of singer India Martinez, he has awakened his musical vein, and perhaps most flamenco.
Twelve culés stay overnight in Madrid
After today's match, twelve players will stay in Madrid to join their teams tomorrow. Are those of 'La Roja' (Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, and Cesc Thiago), those of the Olympic (Cuenca and Tello) and Argentines (Mascherano and Messi). They also have games Alves and Adriano (Brazil), Abidal (France), Alexis (Chile), Dos Santos (Mexico) and Montoya (Olympic team). (via MD)