16 March 2012

Barça in the draw for the Champions, fearless and Abidal

Barça 'smell' in the draw on Friday may return to touch the Real Madrid and believes that the decline of French rearm them.


Barça dressing room is very clear. Tapping into the draw for Real Madrid, better quarters already two legs. Pep Guardiola's men and their own technical staff now prefer white because, well, a deletion of the meringues could affect the Liga and, incidentally, would prevent a host of clásicos in April between the championship and the semis of Champions, it would be madness.

Tip in the first leg, Xabi Alonso will miss being punished after he saw yellow against CSKA Moscow. Another advantage: Barça has won this year's Super Cup Spain, Cup and la Liga. Now is the Champions League, as the previous season. Mou's team can not with Pep.

In contrast, none of the other seven quarter-finalists teams will be drawn today in Nyon at noon, they want to cross with Guardiola's team. Franz Beckenbauer would want him as a rival in the final in Munich, while Massimiliano Allegri, technical milanista agrees with his friend Pep, who does not like the 'Rossoneri' enemies.

He did not wait for the Blaugrana: "Better to see us as late as possible." Mou, meanwhile, has said publicly, though it's hard to believe, that "the opponent I do not care."

In any case, whatever happens, Barça will play with the conviction that the unfortunate given Abidal low forces. The hours before the draw has been marked by the 'big mouth' Bavarian Hoennes Ulli, manager of Bayern, who has accused Barça and Real Madrid of squandering public money on players like CR7 and Messi.

To its knowledge to MD, Rummenigge, the chairman, has sent personal apologies to the president Sandro Rosell, which agrees with the Board of the ECA. Barca are up to date with the Treasury. There is no doubt that Bayern is the pressure and divert attention from the final play at home to Barça and Madrid. Pray that intersect on the other side of the box in semis.

Paul Breitner, final ambassador in Munich, will be responsible to remove the balls from the cups next to UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino. In the eighth did not behave badly 'Abyssinian'. We will see today.

By Blaugrana attended by the vice president Josep Maria Bartholomew, Ambassador Amador Bernabeu Blaugrana technical director, Andoni Zubizarreta. By Madridista will go Butragueño, Zidane.

The draw will set the path to the finals in Munich, May 19 at the Allianz Arena. We will raffle the quarters, semis and who will play at home (with colors) in the final.

Barca defending champion seeking his third Champions, their fourth European Cup and will play his fifth quarterfinal tie-back, seven in the last ten years, the door to reach its ninth semifinal in the Champions dela history. A milestone.

Not surprisingly, the FC Barcelona failed only once since 1993 when it was officially instituted this competition. The Barça is also one of the nine clubs that has been able to reach the Champions League without defeat, was in the 2006 season they won the title against Arsenal in Paris. Pep's team arrives today to draw without losing a single match in Europe.

In addition, Messi is the top scorer in the competition and on the heels of Henry (50 goals) already trapped after Di Stéfano (49). Leo has available to Van Nistelrooy (56) and already much farther the leader, Raúl González (71).

The Spanish Federation, with two representatives (Barça and Real Madrid) may extend the lead titles. Is 13, followed by Italy (12) and England (11).

As reflected, nobody wants to rival Barca, but of the seven potential enemies, apart from Real Madrid (most dangerous) would not be a good rival Chelsea in the quarter, going through a stroke of euphoria after eliminating the powerful Napoli. Especially at Stamford Bridge in dead ball situations and aerial balloons are formidable.

Drogba, Terry, Essien and Lampard are back with Di Matteo. Along with the English out Bayern, who has recovered Schweinsteiger, fearful from midfield with a deluxe poker attackers with Müller, Ribery, Robben and Mario Gómez. But that, however, weakens the defense.

Of the other five, Pep does not want to Milan for having faced the team of Allegri and Ibra in the group stage. The Italians are always uncomfortable, but surmountable today over two legs.

On paper there is a balance between Benfica and Marseille. The people of Lisbon are a team full of acquaintances from Aimar Nolito and Saviola, to Capdevila and Javi Martínez. Stresses the Belgian Witsel, claimed by several large European.

Jorge Jesús has built a formidable team to counterattack with goalscorer Cardozo. The French, who in Ligue 1 are fatal, hit the big Champions by eliminating Inter.

Deschamps has set a block that defends very well, but will have the major handicap of the absence of goalkeeper Mandanda, expelled in San Siro. His star is Mathieu Valbuena and recovered the dangerous Brandao (hero against Inter) after personal problems that made him take refuge in Brazil.

Finally, we the Cinderella, the Apoel Nicosia, the real revelation of the Champions. Home is terrible (the field is small) and the way will the absence of its star Manduca (penalty). But something will Jovanovic team when it left the road to clubs such as Porto, Shakhtar and Olympique Lyon ... (via MD)