Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Copa Del Clasico


Have you been following the Copa Del Rey this year? Well, here's what you would have noticed had you been watching: Real Madrid defeated Valencia in the quarterfinals to book a place in the semis. Barcelona had to contend with 5th place Malaga. It was a hard fought round but in the end Barca triumphed over Malaga to book a place in the semifinal stage of this tournament.

And yes you guessed right--now Barca will lock horns with Real Madrid in the semifinals. Action starts today by 2.55pm.

I believe that Barca have a very good chance of pulling out a win at the Bernabeu today because their able captain Iker Casillas is out because of injury. I think a few of their starters like Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Angel Di maria and Coentrao. However, Marcelo is back, and I am sure they'll be giving this tie all the effort and seriousness that it demands. If Barca loses, then of course there is always the return leg. Barca should therefore work hard at winning or at least getting a draw here.

If Barca do not make silly and unguarded mistakes in the back, then I expect I victory there--at least 2-0 or 2-1.

Please,  for this encounter, Alexis Sanchez should sit this out. He has been shitty lately and I really don't know why the man keeps falling to the floor with every contact. In my opinion, he should buckle up or he might find that he may be sidelined for a much longer time.

Here's the lineup I would use:
Pinto, Dani Alvez, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Villa, Messi and Pedro. But of course this decision lies with the team manager.

I hope tomorrow's match is not marred by bad calls, or that the beautiful game is marred by Real madrid's well documented Rugby tactics whenever they are playing Barca. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

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