Preview – Malaga vs FC Barcelona

Also going to keep this one rather short considering its importance, or lack thereof. We play Malaga away at 6 pm tomorrow night. Malaga managed to get results in the last few weeks and have secured themselves La Liga football for the next season. So they also don’t have anything particularly to play for and I’m sure most of their players will be thinking about their summer plans.

Nevertheless, there is some relevant news. Guardiola has taken the rest the key palyers options and Valdes, Pique, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, and Messi will not travel for the game. Some will argue that Villa could have used the game to find his form, but hey, its only one game. Also, one needs to consider the physiological aspects. If he had taken Villa he may have felt like he wasn’t as important as those others, which could hurt him even more. Milito also won’t travel due to injury. Some good news with Puyol as he has trained normally the last two days. No big surprise to me, he looked super against Madrid in both Champions League games and there was no way in hell he wasn’t stepping on that field May 28th leading the boys.

The full squad for tomorrow is Pinto, Oier, Maxwell, Adriano, Alves, Abidal, Fontas, Barta, Busquets, Afellay, Keita, Mascherano, Thiago, Dos Santos, Pedro, Bojan, Jeffren, and Sergi Roberto. I doubt this is going to be any more exciting than the rather dull game versus Osasuna. But it will be a good run out for Adriano, Pedro, and Abidal who are all still not at proper match fitness.

So this is the 2nd last game of Barça before another long summer break. Enjoy it. Then all the focus goes to Wembley, though it’s safe to say its been on that the last 2 weeks.

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4 Responses to Preview – Malaga vs FC Barcelona

  1. FCB-Parbo says:

    The only thing to say is, gooooooooooooo Barca. Big up B team , it’s time that you show your skills now. It’s their chance to shine and I’m hoping so for it. Don’t let it be boring please!!.

    Visca El Barca!!!!!!
    Forca El Barca!!!!!!

    • barcacentalomer says:

      Terrific article Parbo. The more I see of Xavi and Iniesta, both of them remind me of Scholes and Giggs – top notch youth system players who do most of their talking on the pitch and remain a benchmark for young players. They have like the latter two been carefully nurtured by an iconic manager and part of a champion club side that has had a significant number of academy grads. Giggs and Scholes have been/ still are one of the best players in their respective positions whereas Xavi and Iniesta have raised the bar even higher by replicating their club success at the international level with Spain.

      Aside from Scholes dodgy tackles and Xavi’s comments [esp about Fab ticking off Arsenal fans] all four of them have usually stayed clear of controversy. Thankfully we’ve not been exposed to any tabloid crap because these guys are pros in the true sense. They put in an immense amount of effort to hone their spectacular skills, dazzle us with their performances during matches and then keep their personal lives private which is what makes them role models for all football players.

  2. barcacentalomer says:

    Looking forward to seeing more of the youth players against Malaga. Oier probably should be given a start as he will be on the bench in the CL final with Pinto’s suspension. Alternatively were he to get injured we’d have no sub keeper for the CL final.

    Adriano and Abidal will as Bboy says will get playing time to get back to full fitness with Masch and one of the youngsters in the CB positions. Personally I want to see more of JDS and Thiago as they are touted by many as the next midfield maestros. While we’ve seen a bit of Thiago, its JDS that IMO could be the one to watch as he seems to be far more stable than the erratic Thiago.

    Our second string forward line of Bojan, Afellay and Jeffren was alright for most of the time in the match against Deportivo but unfortunately there was no end product. Lets see if they can score a few against Malaga.

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