14 May 2012

Alves broke the test of the Cup

While the top four played together on today's defenses, the team completely controlled the game very well and stopped Betis.

Pep Guardiola fielded against Betis out the defensive line, but last-minute surprises, will meet on Friday, May 25 Athletic in the final of the Copa del Rey to be played at the Vicente Calderón. The technician would thus take the last official engagement for a trial at the highest possible level, against a Betis trying to attack throughout the match and in a stadium with that much pressure from the opening whistle.

However, the expulsion of Dani Alves in the first minutes after the break disrupted the plans of the technician, who did not relish the Brazilian hard tackle on Jefferson Montero when he was booked. In fact, the two yellow cards that saw Dani Alves on Saturday at the Coliseum Betis were completely fair. As he passed the bench road tunnel, Guardiola does not even look digested, which served to make clear the anger of the coach.

Despite his expulsion, it seems that Guardiola will not invoice and the right back will be part of the best defense possible that today can present the team azulgrana in the final cup-bearer. Eric Abidal is recovering from his liver transplant and Carles Puyol is still recovering from his speech in his right knee, which together with the progress of Maxwell at PSG during the winter makes the most likely option is that which was measured at Betis.

Thus, it seems that Javier Mascherano and Gerard Piqué be paired in the center of the rear, with Adriano on the left and Dani Alves on the right, since it seems unlikely that Josep Guardiola on the bench to risk leaving the Brazilian international and give the option to Martín Montoya squad, who is serving to perfection at every opportunity he has had so far.

Guardiola bet that if the Calderón align defense with four elements, a choice that day almost no one dares to discuss. Against a team as strong in the air as the Athletic and without the benefit of Puyol, will be essential that the two plants are very helpful especially to Fernando Llorente. Therefore, it would be inadvisable a defensive line with only three pieces. (via SPORT)