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Sep 13, 2008

After one week of international duties, FC Barcelona stars are back in Nou Camp today to take on Racing Santander. With the shock defeat in the season's opener from Numancia, Guardiola would be hoping for a serious comeback from the side. One more sloppy performance would see the fans viciously vying for his head. Racing who had a much better night with a 1-1 draw against FC Barcelona could be coming all out in this encounter. Last season Barcelona could muster up a win with a solitary goal from Henry. Guardiola has announced a 20 men squad consisting of Valdes, Pinto, Puyol, Alves, Pique, Abidal, Sylvinho, Touré Yaya, Busquets, Keita, Gudjohnsen, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Víctor Sánchez, Henry, Bojan, Hleb, Eto'o, Messi. But if Sport.es is to be believed Guardiola has already left out Henry and Sylvinho from the 20 member squad. Now this is quite surprising after Guardiola himself saying that Henry will find his form back and also taking into consideration about the fact that Messi may not start in the eleven.

Messi, who was criticized by Maradona for being selfish and greedy, can only be expected to start from the bench after arriving late from International duty. Guardiola is expected to put faith in Abidal again as he has no other option, if Sylvinho is ruled out. Abidal can be expected to form alliance with captain Puyol, Pique and Alves in the defense. The midfield option baffles me, but most probably would remain unchanged with Xavi, Iniesta and Toure. In that case Bojan, Hleb and Eto should take charge upfront. Another option is slotting Keita/Gudjonsen in place of Iniesta in midfield and moving Iniesta upward to the left.

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