Friday, March 03, 2006

Not everyone in Saragossa a racist plus the squad for tomorrows Depor game

Mayor Juan Alberto Belloch of Saragossa. In a bid to show Samuel Eto'o (and everyone else) that the Aragon city isn't a scumbag racist, he's invited Eto'o and his family to Saragossa which I do hope Sammy will accept. Maybe this really is the start of a real stand against racism and ignorance in Spain.

On to tomorrow nights game at the Camp Nou and the main news is that Ludovic Giuly, out for the past three weeks, will start ahead of Leo Messi. Gabri isn't fit and doesn't make the squad. Maxi Lopez is left out too. You have to feel for Maxi. I've been impressed with him every time I've seen him play but he just doesn't get a look in with Eto'o and Larsson and he's bound to leave in the summer (along with Henrik who's returning to Sweden and Javier Saviola who is expected to sign a permanent deal at Sevilla, where he's currently on loan). Thus I expect that FCB will be looking for another forward, be it Thierry Henry or someone else in the summer as they'll be left with just one recognised striker in Sammy.

Depor have been up and down of late, losing to scrubbers like Alaves at home yet winning away at Osasuna. They're currently missing Juan Carlos Valeron, who is far and away their best player. Good news there so. Depor are a decent if unremarkable side, they're 7th, a point behind Sevilla, who play Athleti on Sunday. Reasonably solid in defense, their midfield, Valeron aside, is fairly poor and upfront Tristan blows very hot and cold. The game at the Riazor in October was a 3-3 draw with the blaugrana throwing away a 1-3 lead late in the game. I don't expect there to be any repeat this time, even with the Chelsea game on Tuesday. A 2-0 win with no injuries would do nicely.

The game is on Sky Sports 3 tomorrow night at 9:00 after the Madrid derby.

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