Saturday, April 26, 2008

Moscow or bust

Well it would seem that Barcelona hs completely written of La Liga. The squad that travels to La Coruna this evening is without Messi, Eto'o, Xavi, all rested, Iniesta and Gaby Milito, both suspended after picking up their fifth bookings against Espanyol last Saturday. Depor are in fine form at the moment, with four wins on the bounce. Having being down in a hole for much of the first half of the season, they've lost just once since late February (away to Mallorca). The blaugrana on the other hand...

I would expect Henry, Bojan and Gio to start up front, with Edmilson, Deco and Guddy in midfield. The defense will probably be Oleguer (providing he doesn't step on a rake between now and then) plus Marquez, Thuram (eek!) and Sylvinho, who looked very much like his ship had sailed against Espanyol, he was very poor, and at 34 with his contract expiring in the summer I can see him being let go.

Hard to say if the second string will make a go of this evening's game or not. I'm curious to see how Henry does. He looked very lively when he came on against United and if he puts in a shift then I can see him starting in place of Iniesta on Tuesday night. Deco too will benefit from another run out. Ideally, Barcelona will get a two or three gol win tonight. In addition to dominating games without winning them and failing to hold onto leads, they've had great difficulty scoring at all lately.

Well I guess that's why they call it the blues...

Vidic carried off. Rooney limping off. Anderson too. United losing. It was all good news from the Bridge this afternoon. Chelsea won 2-1 to draw level on points with Sir Alex Ferguson's side. Of course they'll probably still win the league, all they have to do is beat West Ham and Wigan but still, any blow to morale or indeed to Wayne Rooney's hip is a welcome one. Roll on Tuesday night.

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