12 May 2012

Barça's last rehearsal for cup final

Barça visit this Saturday the Benito Villamarín (22h) in the last league match of the Guardiola era.

Although there is nothing at stake. the party must serve the azulgrana coach and rehearsal for the final of the Copa del Rey against Athletic (Friday May 25). A trial that is likely to be present Gerard Piqué, after several weeks of absence due to concussion he suffered in the match against Chelsea will return to the starting lineup tonight to accumulate minutes that give rhythm for the final. Those who unlikely to force Guardiola they are Xavi and Iniesta. All indications are that both will return to rest tonight.

On the other hand, note that although Pep Guardiola has already made clear that his intention is not the Benito Villamarín could end up seeing an eleven tonight in which eleven players were part of the Barça youth system. The presence of Valdes in the absence of Pinto and also allows the call of the team, with up to fourteen players from the grassroots may allow, although it is likely that the club starts playing with one of only five players (Alves, Mascherano, Keita, Afellay and Adriano) not canteranos.

It would be a nice way, with a touch, even romantic, to finish a stage in Barça four glorious years in which not only occupy a prominent place the product of La Masia in the field, but would on the bench, with Guardiola himself accompanied by his inseparable Tito Vilanova and Aureli Altimira. (via SPORT)