Seven of Nine
So what have we learned from the past three games? Barça still can't win away from home. Thierry Henry is ever so slowly adapting to the blaugrana's style of play (witness his gol against Betis). 'dinho, three gols in two games, still isn't right but that overhead kick did show that he's making progress. Deco is sorely missed, he won't be back for at least another three weeks. Yaya Toure adds the bite to the midfield that they've been missing. Rafa Marquez seems to have hit his head and forgotten how to play futbol. Charly Puyol is a fantastic attacking right back. And despite their not playing all that well Barcelona are but a point off the top.
It's Gers at the Camp Nou tonight. Zambrotta is out thanks to an ankle ligament injury and is replaced by Milito. Gaby will probably start in the centre of defence with Thuram with Charly powering forward down the right (he's probably a good bet for a gol tonight). The full squad is:
Márquez, Puyol, Oleguer, Sylvinho, Milito, Abidal, Thuram
Xavi, Iniesta, Toure (rather thin in midfield isn't it?)
Henry, Bojan, Giovani, Messi, Ronaldinho, Gudjohnsen
This will be the first game since the Almeria match which featured a whole lot of huffing and puffing but little else. My Dad tells me that they were much improved against Betis after a woeful performance against Valladolid ("Marquez is absolutely rubbish"). I'd expect the game to go much like the last time out against Gers 'cept with Barça putting away three or four gols.