28 February 2012

The calendar, the only ally of Barça to trace la Liga

Before the clásico, Sevilla and Levante are the toughest hurdles champion, while Real Madrid must go to Villarreal, Pamplona and Calderon.

The defeat of Barça in the fief of Osasuna (3-2) two weeks ago azulgrana frustrated the goal of closing the toughest stretch of the season in February without losing more camber against Real Madrid. Now, in the absence of 14 days, the disadvantage remains the leader of ten points after a high note solve the two difficult matches against Valencia (5-1) and Atlético Madrid (1-2).

The gap opened by Jose Mourinho is very wide but the azulgrana hurry up their advantage that the timetable options will now be harder for meringues. That is your only ally. El Madrigal where Barça also left two points at the end of January (0-0), Reyno de Navarra and the Vicente Calderón, not to mention the upcoming visit Betis white, looming on the road to Madrid before the visit the Camp Nou with just four games ahead of us. In contrast, the current champion has to travel more affordable then. Only the fiefs of Sevilla and Levante seem more elusive.

Before the clásico 21 or 22 April (not yet time but transmitted by C + Liga and Gol T), Barça should not spend a lot of trouble at the Camp Nou. Athletic travel to Barcelona in six days one week before the Valencia go to the Bernabéu with for revenge after suffering the theft of José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes in Mestalla 2-3, where Higuain hands in the area went unpunished at minute 92. This Sunday will be Espanyol that visit Chamartín in order to improve the developer presented at 0-16 'was Pochettino' in six games against Real Madrid with so many defeats.

If the Athletic felled Manchester United in the Champions League, the outbound and return of the quarter-finals of the Champions League and would be played with Barça-Athletic in the middle. For the league match to be held on Saturday March 31 ahead of a major break from the culés for the return of the Catalans, the first leg of the Champions League should be brought forward to Wednesday 28 and not played on Thursday as usual in such competition. Indeed, the visit will be the last obstacle Athletic of Madrid with just two days.

Injuries and Champions deplete the Real
In addition to facing a more difficult schedule, Real Madrid in La Liga can pay the toll had not sentenced the second round of Champions League against CSKA (1-1 in Moscow), lesions of Di Maria (one month) and Benzema (two weeks) and the usual drop in the physical tone of Mourinho's teams in the spring. After being out of the Cup to Barça has played for a month one game a week but now, if you delete the CSKA will just break. (via MD)