03 April 2012

Barça-Milan: A date with history

Barça seeking its fifth consecutive semifinal with all the attention on the state of Xavi.
Camp Nou today resolved a tie between two big exciting in Europe.

Camp Nou will host tonight (20.45, TVE) one of the great games of the season. A clásico European football that pits two of the great and eliminate one of the candidates for continental rod 2012. Barça or Milan are in the semis after the meeting tonight and the azulgrana side, defending champion, remains the favorite despite the boost that the 0-0 first-leg has given Milan of Allegri, who yesterday ran into unforeseen difficulties travel. Barça is the champion and today, before his audience, has to live one of those magical nights that make the Camp Nou a special setting. Pep Guardiola is extremely important to today's game because his team would reach for the fifth consecutive year in the semifinals of the Champions, so it will fray the eleventh gala, provided that the injury will permit.

The big question is Xavi, who has suffered the last days of their discomfort in the soleus, which are giving so much trouble in recent years. The Terrassa is a basic part in the schemes of Pep, who therefore do not take any decision on the side that will face the milanistas to confirm whether or not you can count on Xavi. Possibly, this was not known until this morning when the team azulgrana made ​​its last traditional training on game day.

Apart from Xavi, Cesc Fàbregas also starred in the nursing information by some unexpected bad back, however, have not prevented train the last days. Cesc missed the first leg, but then still had not felt any inconvenience themselves felt after not playing a minute at the San Siro. Nor was not on the bench against Athletic on Saturday, which in principle makes Arenys in serious contender to join the starting lineup against Milan. Providing they have sent these annoyances, of course.

What is clear is that Guardiola, unless circumstances require it, not save any energy to deal with a party that considers the border between regular season and an excellent season. The coach is aware that reaching the quarter, as Barça has done is nothing short of an obligation to his team, the minimum required. Staying in the second round would have been a thriller. As you go up quarter note. Skip to semifinals means a good season because Barça will be competitive until the last step to give away to fans a new Champions League final. So the meeting tonight is to decide whether the European campaign the azulgrana is approved or at least notable.

Milan, meanwhile, will not change much in the way the script. Aware that a goal would be worth its weight in gold and force Barça to score two, at least, the Rossoneri will look that much without rushing. It parapetarán your field and throw the trade while awaiting the possibility of launching a deadly backlash surprised Barça. They will not madly to a goal to double value because its strategy depends largely on the passage of minutes go to permeate the azulgrana, if present in a scenario with spaces behind the lines milanistas itself could do harm.

Barça, meanwhile, will as always, to make your game and trying not to fall into a precipitation that could weigh their attacking football. Guardiola, the players and the club want a full Camp Nou and a hobby which upholds the field factor in the return leg. It is very fresh in memory, however, the memory of the semi-finals two seasons ago against Inter. On that occasion, part of barcelonista responded to a traffic jam prioblema anxiety. Barça will come out tonight with a gala eleven, but especially with a slogan to be taken into account: warm heart, cool head. (via MD)