01 February 2012

With the best equipment possible to Valencia

Pep victimhood has fled to focus on drawing the eleven for the match at the Mestalla. Yesterday he tested tactics.

With a team depleted by injuries physically, but with the moral more burdened than ever, Barça will be presented tonight in Mestalla with the best eleven possible. Victimhood is not a good travel companion, so that instead of wasting time complaining about the low long-term how do those of David Villa, Andreu Fontàs or Ibrahim Afellay, sudden injuries Andres Iniesta or Pedro and the absence Keita, Pep Guardiola spent a busy day of work yesterday to outline the team in securing the first leg of the semifinals.

The rotations for which the coach has always been committed are becoming more complicated. However, the Catalan coach may choose to leave on the bench tonight Gerard Piqué. The centre-back, which has started nine of the last ten games Barca could rest entry tonight. The Barcelona had to be replaced in the last league game with discomfort in his right knee, so it might take place tonight Javier Mascherano.

With a mediocampo azulgrana in the one that Busquets would take charge of the contention and Xavi and Thiago of the creation, Guardiola will have to return to Alexis, who had already Villarreal minutes after recovering in record time in the right shoulder injury . Leo Messi and Cesc Fabregas will complete the attack, with the collaboration of tireless Dani Alves, who is the joker in the band right thanks to both its speed and versatility.

The team changed his training routine yesterday and spent a double session to prepare for the meeting. Guardiola worked with the fifteen available of the first team player and seven players of the branch.

faces Barca's game tonight after two draws followed by Madrid and Villarreal. Anyway, draw two straight games has never been a problem for Pep. The present is the sixth time that the Catalan box chains making tables and two games behind them, always came the reaction. And some of them as spectacular as apotheosis, as in the 2008-09 season, when after a draw at Mestalla (2-2) and against Chelsea at the Camp Nou (0-0), the third game resulted in this historic as unforgettable 2-6 at the Bernabeu. Unable to find a better omen. (via SPORT)