Just like in the previous round against Betis, Barcelona won the first leg of their tie against Almeria 5-0 at the Camp Nou. The manita means that Barcelona are pretty much in the final. But, as always, Guardiola is taking nothing for granted. Despite the seemingly unsurmountable lead, the Barcelona manager won't allow his players to get complacent.
Still, tomorrow's match should be an opportunity for some squad players like Keita, Mascherano, Bojan, Milito and Afellay to get a start. In no other club is the competition for a place in a lineup as tough as in Barcelona
; out of Barcelona's 18 first team players, all are internationals for their their countries and all are top quality players. The problem is that seven must be left out each time.
Tomorrow, the usual substitutes will have a golden opportunity to prove that Pep can count on them for the decisive stages of the season. It's an opportunity that they just can't miss. Advancing to the final is not enough; when you play for Barcelona, winning every single match is the only goal. It's this winning mentality that has taken the club so far.
With Barcelona playing at a truly magnificent level, some supporters are already dreaming of another treble, but according to Pep, the team must take one step at a time. It's still to soon to talk about the treble, according to the Barcelona boss. Only in April/May can such thing be discussed. Pep does have a point; it's still too soon but the amazing football Barcelona have been playing makes us supporters believe that it is a very real possibility, as difficult as it will be to achieve.
Before thinking of all those trophies, though, Barcelona must take care of tomorrow's match at Almeria, and then beat Atlético Madrid at home in order to beat Real Madrid's legendary consecutive La Liga wins record from 1960-1961.
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