Preview: FC Barcelona vs Getafe

Barça take on Getafe at Camp Nou tomorrow night knowing that a victory would reduce the difference with leaders Real Madrid to just one point, though of course Madrid play at Atlético on Wednesday. Just over three weeks ago the gap at the top of La Liga was ten points but Madrid have dropped points against Malaga, Villarreal and now Valencia to leave the title race wide open. The game is important to Barça but not nearly as important as the outcome of Eric Abidal’s liver transplant operation which is supposed to take place tomorrow (though the club have not confirmed this information).

Pep Guardiola has just three first team defenders available tomorrow as Gerard Piqué is still recovering from his hamstring injury and Dani Alves picked up a slight thigh strain in the 1-4 win at Zaragoza on Saturday. Martin Montoya who came on for Alves at La Romareda could continue at right back unless Pep decides on a back three of Mascherano, Puyol and Adriano. The rest of the team will depend on who is fittest. We now face eight games in four weeks: Getafe, Levante, Chelsea, Real Madrid (now confirmed for Saturday 21st April at 8pm), Chelsea, Rayo Vallecano, Malaga and Espanyol. We will need to be strong both mentally and physically and Guardiola faces some tough decisions for team selection.

Getafe have more or less secured their place in the Primera División next season and sit comfortably in 10th place on 42 points. However, they now have their sights on a possible place in Europe next season so they still have everything to play for. Getafe have never won at Camp Nou but they usually give us a close game and they have managed two draws in their seven league visits. The most recent contest between the two sides was of course at Getafe at the end of November when a goal from Valera gave Getafe a 1-0 victory in our first defeat of the season.

As culés, it is normal we have a renewed optimism, and after seeing the Real Madrid players’ faces at the final whistle of their 0-0 draw with Valencia I think it is fair to say that the pressure is showing. However, Pep Guardiola is quite correct to say that a great great deal of work remains in the coming weeks. We have won our last nine league games which is remarkable enough but if we are to clinch this title we will probably have to win our last seven. This would take us to a run of sixteen straight league wins, something we may have achieved once before in our history. But doing something once in our history certainly does not mean it is a piece of cake to repeat.

The Barça way is to look at each game as it comes and for now only Getafe exist. We have good reasons to want a victory: first, to get revenge for our defeat in November, second, to keep up the pressure on Madrid in La Liga, and third, and most importantly to dedicate to Eric Abidal. Tomorrow our thoughts are with you Abi.

Possible Barça XI: Valdés; Puyol, Mascherano, Adriano; Busquets, Thiago, Iniesta, Fabregas; Alexis, Messi, Cuenca.

My prediction: Barça 2 Getafe 0

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10 Responses to Preview: FC Barcelona vs Getafe

  1. thisisspain says:

    As ever the over-optimism of a culé. Talking about winning 16 games on the bounce is a sure way to end up as subcampeones. Getafe are probably the most unpredictable club on the planet – veering from brilliance versus Real Madrid or in Barcelona to absolute garbage the week after.
    My heart says they will get the double but my head says a late penalty by Messi will salvage a point. Puyol will have to play for 6 men as usual but with so many injuries even he will struggle. My money is on 2-2 with the home fans clamouring for Pep’s blood. The Real Madrid win on Wednesday will be that much sweeter.

    My thoughts are with Eric Abidal – thinking of you, sir.

  2. jumpingpolarbear says:

    Barca are coming back now. If they can get to 3 points behind Real, they can beat them in the El Classico.

  3. Fredegar says:

    Well, the tight schedule of the games and our desperately thin defense means it won’t be easy to achieve all our targets this season. But Montoya has shown he has great qualities, and if this permits that Alves and Piqué will be fresh for the big games to come, then so be it! For the rest of the squad, Pep has a lot more flexibilty, and has shown for the first time since he took the reins of the first team, that he is willing to use it. The midifield he sent against Zaragoza says that he is intent to rotate, and that his first objective remains the CL.
    Four points is great when you’ve been trailing by ten, but it’s still not in our hands and we need a helping hand from another team to give us a shot at La Liga, and of course to not shoot ourselves by losing stupid points at home.

  4. FCB-Parbo says:

    It won’t be easy for sure, but if the team can hold possession of the ball then I think it will be alright. I believe in this team that they can do it. Besides, we are at home.

    Visca Barca!!!
    Forca Barca!!!

  5. bc9jaCulé says:

    We can all count on the fact that our comrades will give everything to register a win tonight. I mean, they can’t just afford not to, what with all that’s @ stake like Nic rightly emphasized in the preview. In fact, I’m going for a win with a high margin.

    Barça 5
    Getafé 1

    Som-Hi Barça!!!!!!!!!!

  6. mjmare says:

    We need to be at our best, Getafe will be tough to beat, but we can’t afford to lose this one. The games are comming fast and there is little leeway left till end of season, so a victory is critical.

    Barca 2-0
    Visca el Barca

    Btw, does anyone know what type of injury does Fontas have, and how long he will be out for?

    • barcacentralnic says:

      Fontás tore the cruciate ligament in his knee in the cup game at Osasuna in January. He certainly won’t play again this season.

  7. barcacentralnic says:

    Also, looks like I forgot about Cesc’s five yellow cards. It seemed for a while that maybe the committee would not sit and so Cesc might be available (as happened with a Granada player who played against us recently). But today it has been confirmed that Cesc can’t play tonight.

  8. barcacentralnic says:

    Four forwards in the starting XI, but I imagine Messi will play deeper in a 3-4-3
    …………………………………………..Valdés………………………………………..
    ………..Mascherano………………Puyol………………….Adriano…….
    ………………………………………Busquets………………………………………..
    ———————–Xavi……………………………..Iniesta………………………
    ……………………………………….Messi……………………………………………
    ..Cuenca………………………….Alexis……………………………….Pedro…..

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