With the Clásico fast approaching I feel it is important to have a look at the key areas where the game could be won or lost for
I will start in defence. I think Guardiola will favour the reformed Javier Mascherano over Carles Puyol. Purely because Mascherano will be completely defence minded and won’t risk venturing forward. This is key because with attacking full backs such as Alves and Adriano, Barça are vulnerable to a counter attack especially with the pace of Ronaldo and Di Maria on the wings. Although Mascherano is not as quick as Ronaldo and Di Maria, I believe his football intelligence will be vital to understanding and stopping
I also think Guardiola will start Gerard Piqué purely because of his height advantage. Of course he has great defensive ability but with the height of
Guardiola will also have to warn his full backs about leaving space behind during their ventures forward. This is where the midfielders come in, in particular Sergio Busquets. When the full backs do push up, I expect Busquets to drop back into the defence and form a defensive three with Piqué and Mascherano. Then I expect either of the central defenders to push out to cover the wings.
The midfield battle will be also be important.
Up front I think Pep will start with Alexis, Cesc and Leo. I was toying with who would play left wing but I think the experience of Cesc gives him the nod over
In it he states "People automatically think that because you attack, you can't defend. Not true." He then went on to explain his positioning for the
There is no doubt the game will be an interesting contest, and although Madrid are currently four points ahead it can be argued that this game is a title decider.