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Apr 9, 2008

Barcelona vs SchalkeFrank Rijkaard has announced the same squad which failed to find a goal against Getafe last week for today's Champions League match against Schalke. Bojan's goal has given Barcelona a definitive edge but complacency may be the team's biggest enemy. Barcelona has a history of doing well against German opponents especially at Camp Nou; therefore the absence of Messi and Ronaldinho should not affect them that much. Barcelona still has a very good squad to see off the Schalke challenge. Rijkaard as expected will go with an unchanged starting eleven. An under performing Henry can be expected again to be given the nod to start the attack along with Eto and Bojan. Xavi, Iniesta and Toure should be expected to make up the midfield, with Milito and Puyol forming the centre of defense. Sylvinho might be replaced by Abidal and that might be the only change in the side.

Personally I would like to see Rijkaard resting Henry for the time being. It will be a bigger disaster if he decides to start with the two kids along with Eto. First of all they lack the experience to organize attack against such a well organised side. Secondly Giovanni has proven very dangerous when he has been brought in the second half. Rijkaard best option is to start Iniesta on the left upfront with Bojan on the right and Eto in centre of attack. This will help us to fit Gudjonsen in the midfield; Gudjonsen is an English style player and is well equipped than other attacking options to deal with the aerial ball. Be in no doubt that Schalke will be looking to exploit Barcelona's vulnerability against aerial ball. Out of all the options available Gudjonsen is the best to score from corners. If we see the last some matches every team is content in giving Barcelona huge number of corners and we are unable to put one in position. Presence of Gudjonsen will solve that to an extent.

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