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You have arrived. The first big game of the season. For me, the clashes between Barcelona and Real Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are parties of a transcendence and an attractive comparable only at club level to the finals of the Champions League, Copa del Rey and I do not know if any together more. They face two titans and therefore the entire country shuts down and lays her eyes on him for a little over an hour and a half, something virtually no other event can get.
It’s a party uncertain and very difficult to analyze. Too many variations, too many details, too many players on the field as a final attempt to anticipate the development of the game. Everyone cheers and brags bet but no one can join in the end whether the result set has been successful because it is a party incapable of predicted. These are the keys of the same to me:
Mourning coaches but game players: Mourinho and Guardiola monopolize the public debate, followed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi . It is understood, we must talk about something specific, focus the discussion. Medially is very well athletically, it makes no sense. A coach could sweep the approach to the other and the audience not realize. There is so much quality on the lawn, being important the work of technicians, the party will more than ever at the feet of the players.
Igualadísimos Ancelotti: the balance between the two templates is up. Line by line, and within which are different styles, the performance of both teams poses a brutal equality. We can argue whether it is better than Valdes Casillas, Higuain if Villa or Piqué Carvalho, and so in most positions, but the reality is that football is competitive and at the TOP and collectively have minimal deficiencies . You look both ways and see plenty of arguments to hurt the other and to counter their weapons. In the specific case of Messi and Cristiano , no matter your personal preferences because it is very clear that anyone can load the game in a flash or a crack or move as you can think of, because they have so many resources and so much confidence now expecting it to be all of these two.
Vs Barca midfield. Madrid in the areas: Barcelona should control the possession and tempo. It has better players for the association and if they are accurate, Madrid can not do more than show his usual forcefulness in the areas. I think Real Madrid is back stronger when exposed, and in this sense imagine there will be times when both defenses will be. Also, Barcelona has a lot imbalance up but I have the feeling that the Madrid more punch, that less forgiving.
The Real Madrid requires an extra physically: Mourinho’s team may be better or worse but always something to grab onto: his legs. The Madrid is faster on the run, a key factor if you’re playing against as it seems. Now, whites need not to lose it in 3 passes . If you move from direct steal Barca without sustained effort to recover and eventually bottling. In contrast, if Xabi Alonso, Khedira and Ozil support outward from the sides and vent pressure losses so aggressive after the Blaugrana may find Christian and Di Maria on the sides and perhaps see the magnificent uncheck Higuain to back, perhaps the best in La Liga. As precipitates walk, accuracy drops, the mind focuses too much on defense and the field will make them uphill.
Ozil / Lass: it is speculated the possible inclusion of Lass by Ozil. I do not know if it will, or if in case you will do well to Mourinho, but this year, Real Madrid has a lot of whip up and I think the game deserves to put all of onset. Ozil is the only one capable of playing first tap 3/4 and I think it will be necessary. Lass provides work but also disorder and may dislodge the path of Xabi Alonso and Khedira. It is true that generate superior Barca in the middle but that’s not really important because you have lost possession but the play with 5 there. I understand the dilemma that is posed to Portuguese : get behind and pull against ( Inter ) vs. out with the whole class and ask for an effort to punish the good with the ball ( Villarreal recently).
Di Maria on the left: I bet on Di Maria in Marcelo left to help on defense. The Argentine has proven to be very cool and fast and Marcelo, despite being in a great time, have to suffer with Messi and Alves insurance. In addition, the back of Alves will leave spaces to attack whether it’s Di Maria as a Christian who play there. In any case, Guardiola does not worry so much what Alves but leave space between plants. Both tend to Busquets and Piqué successfully cover rises Brazil Eno, the problem is the distance created between Pique and Puyol when that happens, something that can punish Madrid if he can create these situations.
Iniesta as a differential: Andres Iniesta will be the player of control for whites. Starting from behind or from the end, for right or left, their resources and driving pass undetected. He has to defend zonally because the man you lost by getting you out of place field. In the zone, intelligence tracking causes problems in areas shared between players. That is, appears zonal divisions and raises questions between the two players who could go to mark, which gives an advantage to think and execute it is differential. Xavi will have its weight in the circulation, creating a lot of danger if released about feet above, but for me Iniesta is key. Beyond Messi, to be disconnected for 90 minutes today is still impossible.
Victor Valdés and Casillas, fundamental: the example of Victor Valdes last year is instructive: capital little work but for the result. His point-blank stop to Christian allowed the club will take the party later, that goal would have put things uphill to a Real Madrid had gone very plugged into the Camp Nou. Casillas, used to having more work in the classics, must be a hundred percent for Mourinho take out booty morning.
Plan B: schemes Mourinho and Guardiola are more flexible than they appear and may become more offensive or more defensive through sheer turnover between players or tactical. Guardiola already tried variations of 1-4-3-3 several times as the defense of 3, Alves joined the media as well as the exchange between Messi and the rest of the front, or the situation of Iniesta as false end. Madrid is more rigid in their training but has more ability to change the trend from the bench: Lass to increase the intensity, Benzema to give another dimension to the attack, Pedro Leon if the computer is thrown up, Arbeloa if the sides suffer too much …
The importance of the Nou Camp: Barcelona say they have won easier to Madrid at the Bernabeu in the Camp Nou in recent seasons. To me that is an exception. The field is vital factor in these confrontations where the public can be pulled whistling and shouting for 90 minutes. The atmosphere is bestial and play at home is critical to decant favoritism. There is a hidden reality is that the whites are worth 2 of 3 results. This task, however, will become an impossibility if the marker is advanced in Barcelona. For Mourinho has to be an obsession to keep a clean sheet because traced to Barça is complicated, but at home also …
Expectations: In principle, the attacks are imposed on the defenses. However, the tension surrounding the game can ultimately detract from what we see . It happened in a way last year, where the game ended a little disappointing. I, personally, I have great faith to the party. Beyond that there are many or few goals, I think there are a lot of football, great intensity and a lot at stake for anyone to sleep. Hopefully it will not break soon the result and has broken for a while. Why not, good luck to the referee, hopefully not harm the show with some controversy transcendent.
FC Barcelona has given him a show to his fans at the 46th edition of the Trofeo Joan Gamper, played before a Naples that this year staged the Champions League, but could only helplessly witnessed the ‘little hand’ he endorsed a team full of young talent.
A four-day contest against Porto’s European Super Cup, Guardiola’s team measured a good test and the result was a pleasant feast to delight the home crowd, who had time to cheer the first goal of Cesc in his return home or a new double Messi friendly matches do not understand. With promises like Montoya or Kiko Femenía in the lineup and an angelic Iniesta, the Barca team just ten minutes it took to completely negate Naples, spectator and victim of a considerable beating.
Before the half hour, Fabregas finished off a pass from pleasure to the death of Adriano and immediately headed to the network Keita center Iniesta. The team continued Neapolitan spell after passage through the club changing rooms and sent the ball to the wood almost three times in succession, the latter through a free-kick by Messi whose rejection came Pedro Franco to head record.
The order was reversed on the next play, with the canary stepping line and putting a low pass to the Argentine score at will. In the absence of fifteen minutes, Messi picked up a pass in the front, stepped area and shot De Sanctis with a whip cross flush with grass. The fifth goal of closing a rout that illustrates the good form of a ship that never degenerates even homegrown unusual play as Sergi Gómez, Cuenca Bartra.
Outrage in Italy because Sneijder is alternated for Golden Ball
FIFA announced yesterday that the three chosen will compete for the Golden Ball 2010 is the Spanish Xavi and Iniesta and Lionel Messi, all players of FC Barcelona.
The nomination sparked outrage in Italy, which is understood as the Dutchman Wesley Sneijder short list, who plays for Inter Milan, which was great figure of his team last season and also had a big world with Holland.
“Obviously I’m very upset, but I can not do anything. All I ask you to say something, but the truth is that there is nothing I can say, “were the words of Sneijder, when asked by the Italian press after the news.
Another said that upset by this decision is captain of Inter, Javier Zanetti, who said as “absurd, that your partner has been left off the ballot.”
Inter President Massimo Moratti believes that it is “unfair that the award was granted to someone who has not had the same level of performance throughout the year. Sneijder had a phenomenal season and won everything he could to win at club level. ”
The truth is that it has been a year where there have been major players with the potential to take the trophy. Lionel Messi is considered by all the best in the world but not having a great world condemns him not to take the Golden Ball
Xavi and Iniesta are doing well to win the prize for some time, and I think they have had a turn, but we can not fail to recognize the great season of Sneijder and Milito at Inter, or the great world from Diego Forlan others
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Lionel Messi said that the current staffing of Barca do not have to prove “anything to anyone” in reference to the doubts created the environment for the elimination of copera Guardiola as the ‘Golden Ball’ claims that they want to “keep on winning things” . “We do not have to prove anything to anyone, not ourselves. We continue with the same mentality of last year, we continue to win things and I think we’ve shown,” said Messi told Barca TV.
On the five points that lead him to Madrid in the Primera Liga, Argentina believed to be a “significant advantage”. “It is an important advantage because they are already five points, but we also know that takes a lot of league, that this will be very long. It is all the second round and Real Madrid will still be there.” Moreover, Messi, who yesterday became the youngest player to reach 100 goals for Barcelona, stays with the “important goals.” “Beyond the great goals I stay with the major goals of the finals that I fill more beautiful,” he said.
“The truth is that, as in all the important things that have happened to me today I do not give too much weight or not I can tell. I live a quiet, normal and eager to do more things,” he said. One person that has helped him achieve this goal is Guardiola, for which the youth squad has only words of praise. “I always said that to me means a lot, every detail that has me and I am very grateful,” he said.
“He was obsessed with him Palop goal to”
“I have dreamed of Palop, but Cup soured me a bit. In Sevilla I won the game, because I got many side by side and yesterday I also had two or three. Make the goal was a liberation. I was not obsessed the goal itself but by the fact the goal to make Palop, since in the Cup did not succeed, “he said.
On the elimination copera, what most hurts the ’10 ‘is the “form” in which they fell. “In the second half we were totally superior and sometimes very clear we had to have been able to do one more goal,” he said. “It’s tough because we expected it. We were convinced that mount up and we would pass the qualifying round. It was a stick,” concluded the current top scorer in the league.
FC Barcelona captain Carlos Puyol and the Catalan club signed a new defense contract last week after reaching a tentative agreement to renew, and thus end the rumors that placed the international entity outside the Blaugrana.
According to reports the club, the agreement between Puyol and Barcelona and is the official stamp of the signature, only fringe slope. Puyol, contract ending next June 30 and could have walked away free, will now have a buyout clause of 10 million, provided that 60% play games per season.
With this renewal, international ensures almost end his career at the club all his life thus fulfilled the terms, the new contract would end at the age of 35. Would, therefore, one of the few players that begins and ends his career at Barcelona, with the addition that Puyol and left of the farmhouse, factory Blaugrana players club.