Write-up by Dusko Koricanac
Barcelona – Inter, 2009-11-24 (Premier League)
Crisis shakes Camp Nou
Pep Guardiola has been going through a tons of difficulties these days. Barca have discovered 3 consecutive league attracts on the street (Valencia, Osasuna, Athletic Bilbao) and left the first area to the worst enemies from Madrid (who will deal with for the weekend at home in new El Clasico, btw.). Staff does not execute properly, it’s apparent. Unusually for them, have plenty of difficulties to score. Leo Messi is totally out of form. He’s also injured and predictions are he won’t play. Ibrahimovic is definitely much more pricey than Eto’o, but he can not get to the exact same quantity of goals as Cameronian, so far. As Messi, he’s also injured but is expected to seem. Eric Abidal and Yaya Toure have both been diagnosed with the H1N1 flu virus and are isolated. Rafa Marquez is ill, but it has been discerned that the Mexican does not have Influenza A, and depending on his progress, he might be ready to play. And a single lengthy expression harm – Gabriel Milito! Lack of outcome here would indicate Barca will combat for progress in the previous spherical in opposition to Dynamo Kiev on the road!
Mourinho smells the blood
Inter preserve the absolute domination in domain frames, have noticed 10 wins and just a single defeat in opening thirteen rounds and are in run of ten video games devoid of a defeat. Problem is, even so, Massimo Moratti wants a Champions League trophy and it has been well explained to Jose Mourinho. In spite of the tiny achievement in previous 4 group rounds, three draws (and 1 win), Inter maintain the initial position in group with a level far more than Barca and are in good place. Win in Spain would practically safe the progress and very first place, while draw would depart the determination for the final spherical and sport at Meazza towards Rubin Kazan. Mourinho is properly aware the trying to keep a draw at Camp Nou would be a suicidal mission. He’s also mindful about the minute in which the Spanish large is. Oppositely, his lads have been taking part in in a wonderful shape and he hasn’t any harm worries as nicely. If Inter win, that will push the title defender really shut to elimination. Solution on Barca’s attacks will be tight formation and waiting for some counter assault. And Samuel Eto’o will have one more possibility to show his departure from Barcelona was harsh.
Stakes are the highest
Beside the relevance that game brings for Italians, I have the impression this is also a check of maturity for Mourinho. A large win would return him on the huge scene, although defeat would transfer him closer to the exit door from Meazza. I give a little advantage to Italians, but Barca will assault anyway. However, objectives shouldn’t miss. About.
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