Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Barca he played in the first leg to Mallorca without Xavi and Puyol


The Barcelona visit this journey to Mallorca with four casualties. The last known, Xavi Hernandez, in addition to those of Victor Valdes, Puyol and Dani Alves, four fixed players Pep Guardiola. The only sanction is the Brazilian side, while the three Spanish suffered two separate problems in their left legs (Valdés, knee strain, Puyol, tendinopathy, and Xavi in the soleus hamstring).

Well, the Barcelona and stumbled in the league early in Mallorca, in Week 6, in a match that ended with a tie in the Nou Camp and nor were Xavi and Puyol. Terrassa midfielder then dragged a sore Achilles tendon and its replacement in the starting lineup was Seydou Keita. For its part, the defense was not leridano heading since Guardiola decided to rest and watched the whole game from the bench, Gabriel Milito was supplied him in the center of defense.

Both absences had to add another two. One of them forced, that of David Villa, who saw the red card in Week 5 against Athletic Bilbao (Bojan played in the attack), the other, like Puyol, was technical decision, as reserved in Guardiola Sergio Busquets the bench to give the title to Javier Mascherano. And there were also four significant absences and Barcelona ended up letting out two points in their stadium.

Mallorca, but is not up to the last year in the Ono Stadium then, is a strong team in their field. This season has lost three times in the Iberostar but the visit has faced more complicated than in the opening day of Laudrup won the match against Real Madrid. While it is true that Barcelona has so far taken in recent years the stadium Mallorca-has won seven of the last eight years is no less so this time facing a visit with four significant casualties, as in the first leg.

To this is added motivation that leads to confront rivals Barcelona. The Balearic club has not hesitated to launch a promotional video and called the match against the Catalan side as "the party of the year" . In all, Guardiola have a tough test on Saturday and Wednesday will have another during his visit to the Mestalla (they have two consecutive starts) party which is also doubtful Xavi participation.

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