03 March 2012

Barça, to the three points without Messi, Busquets and Abidal

FC Barcelona receives this Saturday (20:00 h) in Camp Nou to Javier Clemente's Sporting.

Barça look for three points to continue their pursuit of league leaders Real Madrid, who on Sunday received Espanyol at the Bernabéu.

The team of Pep Guardiola start as clear favorites against a team deep in the well of the standings, but will be without several key players. Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets will not play through suspension, after having covered the last Sunday against Atletico cycle of five cautions. Abidal is out, then was injured on Wednesday with France and will be playing ten-day low, and Thiago is challenged by a sore ankle suffered in the Spanish Olympic team.

Javier Clemente and Pep Guardiola faces meet again on the bench after two years. The last time they did it, Barça won 4-0 at Valladolid in a match that gave la Liga to the Catalans ... and led to the decline of the Castilians.

Clement gave the alternative to Guardiola to debut in selecting just 20 years ago.

Barça has become strong in their field, and the final 5-1 against Valencia guarantees the right time for Barça. This past weekend, they beat 1-2 at the Vicente Calderon always complicated with goals from Dani Alves and Messi.

At Sporting, the youngest subsidiary Formose Mendy is emerging as the new principal, replacing the injured Adrián Colunga, while André Castró also return to the starting lineup after completing the one-match ban for card accumulation.

Botia and Gregory who had physical problems throughout the week are recovered, but not the lateral Lora, the medical services have preferred to give a week of recovery.

One of the tasks that has been applied Clemente this week is to mentalize his players not to leave defeated and even urged them to endeavor that Barcelona does not have the ball in his power as much as usual, for which "must be pressed up and out with speed." (via SPORT)