Sunday, November 12, 2006

Doin' it for the kids

Tonight sees the return of three ex-blaugrana players, Sergio Garcia, Gerard Pique and royalist turncoat Albert Celades. Garcia is the only one that's likely to start, having unseated Ewerthon from the Saragossa first eleven. I've had a good footballing weekend, Milan-Roma was a cracker last night and Arsenal are playing Liverpool off the pitch so I'm hoping that things will be rounded off nicely this evening in the Camp Nou.

The squad for tonight's game is as expected. No Belletti (out for a fortnight), Xavi or Eto'o (I should really stop mentioning him at this stage, he's out until March, of course he's not in the squad). Guddy is back *sigh* and Saviola has recovered from the ankle injury and Carles Puyol will play his first game since the death of his father.

I expect a tight game tonight, Saragossa are a very good side (they're currently third, only one point behind FCB) and have some fabulous players (Diego and Gabriel Milito, Aimar and Zapater) Diego is currently top scorer in La Liga with eight gols and they have a fairly stingy defence. This game last season saw Barcelona go 0-2 down early in the second half and play some very sloppy football only to wake up somewhere around the seventy fifth minute and roar back to draw 2-2 and almost nick it in injury time.

With Sevilla drawing 0-0 at Santander (after seventy minutes) both Barcelona and Saragossa have a chance to go top of the table should it stay that way.

I'm gonna enjoy the end of the Arsenal game and grab some nosh before settling down to watch the game at eight o'clock. Full report later.

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