Preview – Barcelona vs Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg

Tomorrow is the final episode of the Cláscio quartet.  We will take on Real Madrid at home in the UEFA Champions League Semi Final 2nd leg going in with a 2-0 advantage thanks to our victory last week.  The fallout from that game was the most bitter and vicious of any Barça-Real Madrid I can ever remember.  We are taking legal action against Mourinho for his post game comments, both clubs asked UEFA to punish the other (both have been denied), and a Real Madrid sports program even went so far as so digitally manipulate the Pepe tackle on Alves to make it seem the no contact was ever made.  So in short, it’s been a bit of a circus.  A quick note, as of now the final squads have not been released so things could change.

Aside from all that, the fact is we have one leg in the final.  A 2-0 advantage coming home from the away leg is huge.  It would be a historically painful tie to let slip.  So let’s look at the team news.  Injury wise we will be without Abidal, Maxwell, Adriano, Milito, and Bojan.  However it seems Iniesta will be fit and I have no doubt Puyol is going to be on that pitch.  To highlight his influence, we have not lost a match this season when Puyol has played.  It will be interesting to see if Masch is still given the CB role, rather than switching with Busquets, after the blunder against Sociedad.  I personally think he will because of the merit of all his other matches.  It should be the usual team after that:  Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Villa, and Messi.

Real Madrid will not have Pepe, Ramos, and of course Mourinho because of suspension.  Khedira and Gago are injured, while Canales and Pedro León do not make the squads.  The tactics Madrid are going to play is going to be very interesting.  Frankly, they can’t go with the defend and counter, can they?  Two goals down, surely, they have to go for it.  But with Mou you never know.  I am also curious to see what if the nastiness and physicality are present after all the slack they have been getting lately.  Will there be place for a striker alongside Ronaldo?  Will we see Kaka from the start?  I really just have a lot of questions around Madrid, and we will only see the answer once the game kicks off.

It should be another dramatic and high tense game of football.  We really can’t ask to be going into it in a better situation.  We have shown over each and every Clásico this season we are the superior team, but as generally poor as Real have been, they have oodles of genuine talent, so I don’t think we should count our chickens just yet.

Força Barça!

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8 Responses to Preview – Barcelona vs Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg

  1. blaugranaboy says:

    breaking news: abidal has been included in the 20 man squad for tomorrow. he has been given the green light by the medical staff. pretty awesome. i would be very surprised to see him on the pitch, unless we are up a good amount towards the end. then i can def see pep brining him on for the ovation, something he really enjoys doing. here is the entire 20 man squad:

    Valdés, Oier, Abidal, Puyol, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Bartra, Fontàs, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Thiago, Iniesta, Xavi, Keita, Pedro, Messi, Afellay, Villa y Jeffren.

  2. blaugranaboy says:

    The referee will be Belgian Frank de Bleeckere will be in charge. He was the man who referred the semifinal 2nd leg in the Camp Nou as well. Not gonna lie, that disallowed Bojan goal was one of my most furious moments in my life.

  3. apo says:

    The Abidal news made my week. I really hope if Barca win and go to the final that he and Alves get to play the full 90 after missing out a couple years ago. What a great story that will be for Abidal!

  4. bc9jaCulé says:

    Wow!!! Abidal back?! Great, great news. Madrid must be peeing in their pants right about now as we have our full startin’ XI available again. More so, they must be ghost–scared about another manita @ the great Camp (of) Nou (return). Not sayin’ Abidal will start but his presence in the squad list is a sure motivation for the team to welcome him back with a comprehensive and resoundin’ win tonight.
    Plus, the bull (Pepe) and the buffalo (Sergio Ramos) will not be playin’ tonight and Madrid must come out to play this time so here’s to hopin’ we see an actual game of football tonight.

    Barça — 3
    Madrid — 0

    Visca Barça!!!
    Força Barça!!!

  5. British says:

    Barca will probably hammer Real. Madrid have no real chances to qualify as they have many problems in defense and Mourinho is suspended. Barcelona should get a crushing victory here.

  6. barcacentralnic says:

    Just over two hours to go and there is currently a massive thunderstorm over Barcelona. Hopefully it’s an ominous sign for Madrid. the pitch is certainly getting watered, hopefully it won’t get waterlogged. I imagine it will pass in a while so hopefully the pitch will be in great condition.

  7. barcacentralnic says:

    Team announced: Valdés; Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Puyol; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa.

    The rain is much lighter now but it is still coming down, should be a very fast pitch.

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