23 April 2012

Piqué will be a starter at Chelsea

Pep Guardiola will bet on the sacred cows in the biggest game of the season.

Pep Guardiola will pull the sacred cows in the game of the season and Gerard Piqué return to the starting lineup. The center-back has not come back into technical plans since falling injured against Milan at the Camp Nou on 3 April. Piqué has not played a single minute against Zaragoza (1-4, La Romareda), Getafe (4-0, Camp Nou), Levante (Ciutat de Valencia, 1-2), Chelsea (1-0, Stamford Bridge, 1-0), Madrid (0-1, Camp Nou). A total of 5 games with a record of three wins and two defeats. In central and recovered, Pep continued to pursue other options despite playing games as demanding as the first leg of the semifinals of the Champions League at Stamford Bridge or the match against arch-rivals.

Guardiola's position has surprised more than one, since its profile fit to find where air power was known rivals such as Chelsea and Madrid. Moreover Piqué seeing the level of before the injury, where chained some of his best games this season.

Guardiola himself acknowledged the importance of the center during the plague of injuries last season but in recent games has opted to consolidate the center-back pair are Mascherano and Puyol. The coach has justified the presence of both a football question, he understands that the team needed the fastest defenses to counteract the vertigo against teams like Chelsea and Real Madrid. Barça, however, has suffered much in the air and leaving the ball in both games and Pep move tab for the match tomorrow. Given the Londoners, the azulgranas know they play the season. So Pep understand and align the players more used to games like this. In this sense, besides Piqué, are expected to return to the starting players like Alexis, who did not come until the second half against Real Madrid, or even the Cesc Fàbregas. The big question now is whether the coach will opt for the more ambitious approach, with defense of three as to whites on Saturday, or return to the back four of Alves delaying position.

If finally opted for a back four, the team formed with Alves, Mascherano, Piqué and Puyol back. The captain would do full-back sacrificing features an offensive threat in that band but gaining many integers in the set pieces, the main threat to the London team. Also it looks like it finally will Drogba in the starting lineup for Chelsea after training yesterday as normal. The presence of the Ivory Coast, a very physical player and instrumental in the passing game, predicts long ball from Chelsea and in that context Piqué and Puyol may be critical to counter the 'blues'. Adriano, who has been featured in recent games has many numbers fall from eleven. If Pep opts for a defense of three Piqué, Masche and Puyol form back and Alves could play again as false winger. (via SPORT)